ITV politics editor Robert Peston has posted his analysis of Tory MPs’ fears that the ‘Tory sex pest’ scandal will bring down the government – and it’s another example of the effects of the so-called ‘Westminster bubble’.
Peston’s commentary is interesting and on point – until he reaches a key paragraph in his analysis:
Peston appears to think that there is a risk that the story will ‘move’ to how long Theresa May has known about the sexual harassment allegedly perpetrated by her Cabinet ministers and MPs – and why she hasn’t acted before now.
He appears to be basing that assessment on the fact that, so far, few voices in the ‘MSM’ are asking those question – but it ignores the fact that the vast majority of people not in Westminster or the media are already asking those questions and more.
It’s not a risk. It’s a reality. Right now.
Theresa May has said she will act ‘within days, not weeks’. But the behaviour of her Cabinet and back-benchers has been common knowledge to whips and, therefore, almost certainly to Mrs May herself, for years – even the Establishment media has already acknowledged that some of the behaviour is ‘historical’, though seemingly to try to minimise their importance rather than to acknowledge the government’s complicity.
But that admission simply makes her haste to act ‘within days’ now look like a panicked attempt to obscure or divert from the fact that the Tories have had years of knowledge of these allegations – and did exactly nothing.
So, Mrs May:
- why did you do nothing before these facts became public?
- why did your predecessor David Cameron do nothing?
- why should we believe a word you say on it when you’re only acting because your party’s behaviour has been exposed?
- will you sack or suspend those responsible?
- and will you dissolve the government because those thirty-six MPs are more than enough to obliterate your bung-formed government?
If not, why not?
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