Damian Green, ‘First Secretary of State’ and routinely described as Theresa May’s ‘closest ally’ has been accused of inclusion on the Tories’ infamous ‘sex pest list’ by a number of right-wing media outlets, including the Daily Mail.
Green was accused some years ago of registering on an adult dating site, after hackers discovered his details on the site, including a private email address. He denied the allegation. However, according to the Mail his name appears on the Tories’ ‘spreadsheet’ against that website’s name and another allegation.
A couple of weeks ago, Mr Green gave a speech to assembled ‘Westminster lobby’ journalists in which he launched into smears against the SKWAWKBOX and Canary. It looked as though Green – who ducked the SKWAWKBOX’s challenge to substantiate his smears – was laying a platform for an assault on the ‘new left media’ (NLM) generally.
However, if the list is genuine and the allegations by the Mail and others are correct, it may also have been an attempt to ingratiate himself with the mainstream journalists whose support he may have feared he would need. His comments about the NLM putting the “livelihoods [of mainstream journalists] under threat” take on a new significance if he was aware of the possible emergence of the Tories’ list and was making a direct appeal to their sense of self-interest.
Green’s alleged presence on the list also sheds a stark and unflattering light on Theresa May’s lack of action. With Green and Fallon two of her closest allies, the weak and flailing PM is likely to have viewed inaction as the best option for her personal chances of survival.
And to hell with the feelings and well-being of the victims of the long and bleak list of Tory power-abusers that the list allegedly represents.
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