Ruth Davidson has rightly criticised the “locker room culture” in politics after Michael Fallon resigned as Defence Secretary amid a sexual harassment scandal at Westminster.
The Scottish Tory leader told Radio 4’s Today programme: “The dam has broken on this now and these male dominated professions, overwhelmingly male dominated professions, where the boys own locker room culture has prevailed and it’s all been a bit of a laugh, has got to stop.”
The only problem is that Davidson has herself been accused of indulging that culture in the past.
Speaking to journalists in Westminster last year, she told the following joke about Stephen Crabb’s first sexting scandal:
“That’s kind of the difference between our two parties. You know, Labour’s still fumbling with its flies while the Tories are enjoying a post-coital cigarette after withdrawing our massive Johnson. Sorry that’s not even my speech, that’s just a text from Stephen Crabb.”
That doesn’t seem so funny in light of Crabb’s admission that he sent sexually explicit texts to another young woman who applied for a job in his Westminster office.
It’s that kind of behaviour that prompted Mandy Rhodes, the editor of Holyrood magazine, to criticise Davidson for her “laddishness”.
In the piece from September, she suggests Davidson’s attitude is harming efforts to “move on from accepting that rugby club boorishness was harmless bants among lads in a locker room.”
— mandy rhodes (@holyroodmandy) November 2, 2017
Davidson’s team was this week caught trying to gag a Twitter user who criticised her over her past political allegiance with Crabb in light of his latest admission.
We’re still not aware that she has publicly and clearly condemned his behaviour.
Maybe that would be the best place to start “clearing out the stable”…