He’s accused of groping other MPs in a private members’ club and he’s called Pincher? And he whips the backbenchers into line? No. You’re having us on.
From BBC UK today:
Tory deputy chief whip Chris Pincher has resigned from the government, as a newspaper alleged he groped two men at a private members’ club. In his resignation letter, he told the PM he “drank far too much” and “embarrassed myself and other people”. Witnesses told the BBC he was seen “extremely drunk” at the Carlton Club, the Conservative Party members’ club in London on Wednesday night. The BBC has approached Mr Pincher for comment. A Downing Street source said as things stood he would face no further action from the party and would keep the whip – meaning he would remain a Conservative MP.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62002088
The above reaction by the Conservative Party is all-the-more fascinating when you consider when he has previous. In 2017, he made an ‘unwanted pass’ at at former Olympic rower and Conservative activist Alex Story. Is pass like a grope but less intimate? Readers help me out here.
You can’t help but compare the UK Conservative Party’s soft line on this with their clearly hard-core Calvinist puritan branch members in Edinburgh, on the Patrick Grady case. Grady, we read, ‘touched and stroked the neck, hair and back of his colleague during a social event at a London pub in 2016.‘
I’m not excusing Grady here but is that more or less abusive than a grope or a pass? Again readers help me out. Here’s how Scottish Cons and Libs react to this kind of thing:
Scottish Conservative chairman Craig Hoy MSP said: “Patrick Grady should have been sacked long before this but the SNP have shown they have absolutely no backbone and would rather back the perpetrator over the victim.
“The abuser is gone but the poison remains in the SNP and the party leadership should be ashamed of the way they have handled this scandal.
“It’s appalling that Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford are still treating a disgraced MP with more sympathy than the victim who suffered sexual harassment.”
Mr Hoy also called for Ian Blackford to be sacked “so victims have confidence that they’ll be taken seriously in the future”.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton also called for Mr Blackford’s resignation.
He said: “At no point has Ian Blackford showed an ounce of leadership. He voiced absolute full support for Patrick Grady over the victim, allowed SNP whips to act menacingly and resorted to intimidation,” he said. “Ian Blackford must go.”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-61942317
Best of all, Here’s qualified bull-castrator, linesman, MP and MSP, Douglas Ross getting all judgemental:
I should understand this better given my own experience as a 19 year-old trainee architect, in tight black velvet loon pants, c 1969, when I was bottom-pinched repeatedly by older women office staff.