More fun than most economists have and why prostitution must remain legal

One of Britain’s leading economists is at the centre of a police investigation into claims he assaulted a prostitute after the pair smoked crack cocaine together.

Professor Douglas McWilliams, a key figure who has advised Boris Johnson on housing policy, allegedly injured Beverley Shearon at her flat in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

She claims the married academic was a regular visitor and took drugs with her on New Year’s Eve before he “flipped out” when a neighbour arrived unannounced.

Professor McWilliams, executive chairman of influential City think-tank the Centre for Economic and Business Research, left the home but was later questioned by police. Ms Shearon, 47, says she was left with facial bruising, a black eye and a hand injury.

She told the Sun on Sunday: “He turned up at about 4pm and wanted a smoke. I was weak and let him.”

The self-confessed call girl claims she then performed a sex act on the Oxford-educated economist – who she called ‘Posh Rob’.

Not the beating up, obviously, but the drugs and the tarts (and the blow jobs as that’s what ” a sexual act” usually refers to) is more common among bankers than economists.

And as to why prostitution must remain legal: so that if one is attacked, as is alleged here, then she can go to the police and ask them to investigate and then, if called for, charge and prosecute.

Because, you know, beating someone up is a crime and it must be treated as such.


23 thoughts on “More fun than most economists have and why prostitution must remain legal”

  1. How do you know beating people up isn’t more common among bankers than economists?

    While on the subject of bankers and tarts, there’s a reason the whorehouses are next to the banking quarter in Frankfurt. It’s because they are both professions in which you make money by screwing your customers.

  2. I think more victim identity groups need to go on machine gun rampages when they get offended. The bankers would have to scream “all our cash yah”, or such when pulling the trigger.

  3. Frankfurt has lively nightlife. Except on Thursdays, because that’s when she visits her mother.

    Or so the old joke went.

  4. @BiG

    Yep, I love a joke.

    The problem is, this is a) not funny and b) becoming an article of faith which needs rebutting, not repeating.

  5. What are the odds the “unannounced arrival” was her pimp, McWilliams’ swift exit was out of fear, and the beating was delivered by said pimp?

  6. Anonymous – do 47-year-old English prostitutes have pimps?

    A 17 year old Eastern European girl might, but I’d have thought the middle-aged lady of the night would be a freelancer, what with the internet making it easy to find their own customers.

    Be interesting to see the data on whether streetwalking has declined since the internet and mobiles proliferated. I bet it has.

    Bloody internet, putting Huggy Bear out of business.

  7. Steve,
    Querying the lady’s age is ungallant.

    Clearly she is a victim of ageism; far too old to start a political career, and much too young to be a rock musician. What else should a fun-loving gal do?

  8. Steve, yes, but cake baking is the new rock n roll. She hit the right age at the right time.

    I imagine Ms Shearon’s USP is also on-the-job knowledge, and good for her.

    Party leaders might also benefit from not being teenagers.

  9. Bloke in Germany – I was hoping to make a banking pun, but I’m too worried about reprisals from ISA.

    Jack C – “Party leaders might also benefit from not being teenagers.”

    Yes. I was going to make a snide comment about Ed Miliband being 13-and-a-half, but…

    Why is it that they’d benefit from not being teenagers? Because older people have the benefit of experience, which tends to dampen the young person’s natural inclination towards unrealistic nonsense.

    Unfortunately, as the career of Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn showed us, it ain’t necessarily so.

    I blame Benn’s mum, who was a loony left fruitloop before it was cool:

    Benn’s mother, Margaret Wedgwood Benn (née Holmes, 1897–1991), was a theologian, feminist and the founder President of the Congregational Federation. She was a member of the League of the Church Militant

    So maybe we need a new rule that says nobody under the age of 40 and no posh people can stand for Parliament.

  10. There’s nothing at all wrong with posh people per se, however you can’t have that background and not be removed somewhat from normal life.

    That’s what the Lords is for, and the whining Anthony Wedgewood Benn should have had this explained to him.

  11. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Blimey O’Reilly, that’s put me off me dinner, that has. I wonder if she takes her false teeth out out first?

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