As the steady drip-drip of revelation shows more MPs embroiled in the sex pest scandal, our free and fearless press, with the assistance of the Pundit Establishment, is struggling to keep up. And what those pundits are revealing by their warped and fearful take on events is that they have no idea of what this is all about. All they can see is the frightening spectre of women having equal status to men - well, frightening to them, anyway.
The overreaction began last week, as doyen of right-leaning commentators Charles Moore went over the top in no style at all to tell Telegraph readers - and, as the article is in the Tel’s “premium” category, those readers are expected to pay money to read his thoughts - to whine “This scandal shows that women are now on top. I pray they share power with men, not crush us”. Paranoid overreaction, much?
Still, Moore was not alone: over at the Spectator, Doug Murray The K told his adoring following “The consequence of the new sexual counter-revolution? No sex at all …’Feminism’ isn’t producing guides for helping men. It is producing manifestos for torturing them”. All these mardy strops because women object to unwanted comments, touching and more - the idea that there is such a thing as Consent. Or not.
But asking Moore and Murray to take turns holding his beer today is Peter Hitchens of the Mail on Sunday, who has demanded to know “What will women gain from all this squawking about sex pests? A niqab”. Not “an end to non-consensual behaviour”, then.
There was more. Unfortunately for Hitchens’ credibility, rather a lot more. “Well, isn’t this what you want, all you squawking flapping denouncers of groping men and ‘inappropriate’ jokes? You have lots in common with Militant Islamists on this subject. They, too, believe that all men must be assumed to be slavering predators”. What on earth is he rabbiting on about? Who knows, and, indeed, who cares?
On he drones: “Any male action, any form of words you choose to disapprove of can and will be presumed to be guilty because, well, men are like that. The culprit will be ruined for ever … Are you all off your heads? Do you have no sense of proportion?” Mental health smear of all who disagree with The Great Man: check!
He’s not finished: “The country is in the midst of its biggest constitutional crisis for a century, and wobbling on the precipice of bankruptcy … The welfare system is about to melt down. And you think the most important thing in your lives is a hunt for long-ago cases of wandering hands, or tellers of coarse jokes? Yes, you do … You have lost all touch with reality, and future generations will laugh at you”.
We’re all going to die! But maybe not just yet. Sorry Pete, but this is total bullshit. It’s not about “coarse jokes” or “long-ago cases” of anything. It’s about a systemic culture of sexism and misogyny, leering objectification, predatory behaviour, and, just in case anyone missed it when I mentioned it before, Consent. No consent equals no advances.
Small wonder one observer thought Hitchens had been on the Brain Force Plus. Women want to be treated decently. That so many in the Pundit Establishment cannot get their heads round that straightforward concept is a dead giveaway.