Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat MP who is seven months pregnant, arrived late to Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday and was left standing by the main door.
Westminster commentators suggested it was “quite remarkable” that no MPs had offered her their seat and that it showed a “shocking lack of manners and decency”.
However a source close to Miss Swinson, 33, said that the suggestion that she was unable to “fend for herself” was “quite sexist”.
Of course you can fend for yourself. But it’s rather a mark of a civilised society that those with greater physical strength or endurance make way for those with less. As in offering up seats to the heavily pregnant, carrying buggies and prams up and down steps, suitcases for those staggering under the weight and all the rest.
Sod all to do with male or female and certainly not sexism. I’d have expected Dianne Abbott to have offered her seat just as much as I would Fatty Soames. Actually, in the real world, rather more as I’m sure she has better manners.