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If the Tories are serious about eradicating misogyny, maybe they should start at the top

By Catherine Bennett

01 May 2022 · 4 min read

Not since his horror on hearing that lockdown-breaking parties had happened in his own home have we heard the prime minister so appalled by the behaviour of colleagues. Discovering, last week, that one of them had spoken repellently about Angela Rayner, he tweeted: “I deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today.”

Because if you’re going to be misogynistic about female politicians, isn’t it always better to put your name to it, like, say, Boris Johnson when he analysed female contributions to a Labour conference? “Time and again the ‘Tottymeter’ has gone off as a young woman delegate mounts the rostrum.”

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