Sexual harassment is a serious issue. It deserves to be taken seriously. It deserves better than to be exploited for the kind of cheap sensationalism we see in this article.
Sexual harassment of women at the Scottish Parliament is a “ticking time bomb”, says top lawyer Aamer Anwar. Except he didn’t say that at all. Those were not his words. This is the breathless rhetoric of a self-styled ‘Investigations Editor’ as he struggles to spin a drama out of thin air; desperately hoping to piggy-back on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
And then there’s the knee-jerk defensiveness of the British establishment responding to allegations of misbehaviour at Westminster by trying to tar Holyrood with the same brush. A shabby exercise in preemptive whitabootery.
I don’t think anybody has ever claimed Holyrood is “immune” from sexual harassment. In fact, it would be rather surprising if it was. But what has Paul Hutcheon’s ‘investigation’ uncovered? Where is the substance? There is nothing here but rumour, hearsay and salacious speculation.
The headline might just as well have read, “Sexual harassment of women at the Sunday Herald is a “ticking time bomb”, says random guy we phoned at half past four this morning.” There is precisely the same amount of actual evidence to support such a claim.
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