While dozens of those on the list are accused of “inappropriate” behaviour, others, such as the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, are included for doing nothing more than having consensual relationships with colleagues.
Another minister, Jake Berry, is named on the list simply for having a baby with his live-in partner, who works for Boris Johnson.
Edwina Currie, the former health minister who had an affair with John Major when he was prime minister, said that people making passes at each other in the workplace could not and should not be “banned” and that many of the allegations on the list were “trivial”.
The amusing thing here.
Back two generations having a baby out of wedlock, shagging, in a relationship, one of your colleagues you weren’t married to. These would be things barring you from being a Tory Minister.
That they’re not now is an advance.
Chasing the office totty would not have been such a bar. Unless found out to have succeeded. That we now say that chasing those who work for you, those you have career power over, is not allowable is also an advance.
That we also appear to have reached the point where “fancy a shag?” is not allowable is not an advance.