I mentioned that I was surprised that the avalanche of sexual harassment charges against powerful men in the film and news media industries had not spread to political figures such as sitting members of Congress. But it turns out that in the UK it has, with various MPs being accused and now the secretary of defense Michael Fallon has resigned.
It is a list that nobody wants to be on: a spreadsheet with the names of 40 Tory MPs and ministers and allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, almost all of which are unverified.
The document has been shared widely among MPs, staff and increasing numbers of journalists, and briefly describes some as having affairs, being “inappropriate” with female and male staff or in other cases as “handsy in taxis”.
Some are allegations which, if proved to be true, could end a political career, such as serial inappropriateness and groping, to consensual affairs and sexual peccadilloes.
First leaked to the Guido Fawkes website with 36 names on it, the file has now expanded to 40, all Tory MPs, including 15 ministers of various ranks.
It is a bit surprising that only Conservative MPS are on the list but that may only be a short-term situation. The creator of the spreadsheet Guido Fawkes says that ” This is not just a Tory problem and there are a significant number of Labour and LibDem sex pests as well”. So stay tuned.
I suspect that it is only a matter of time before a similar spreadsheet about the US Congress becomes created, especially as more and more people feel emboldened to speak out.
Jordan Klepper discusses this issue on his show.