The Lady Brack­nell re­sponse to grop­ing can be an ideal rep­ri­mand

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Tales of sex­pestery are like the No73 bus: an­other three will be along in a minute. Only this time, the story from Daisy Good­win has a dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent tone.

Good­win, who writes the ITV se­ries Vic­to­ria, re­ports that dur­ing David Cameron’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, she was sum­moned to No10 to talk about an idea for a pro­gramme. She chat­ted to an of­fi­cial, whom she has de­clined to iden­tify but who was a few years younger than her. He said her sun­glasses made her look like a Bond girl. At the end of the meet­ing, the man put his hand on her breast. “I looked at the hand,” Good­win re­calls, “and then in my best Lady Brack­nell voice said: ‘Are you ac­tu­ally touch­ing my breast?’”

Know­ing Daisy as I do, I can well be­lieve it when she says he dropped his hand and laughed ner­vously while she “swept out in what can only be called high dud­geon”. A star grad­u­ate of Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge, blessed with an in­tel­lect that is as for­mi­da­ble as her em­bon­point, Daisy is not to be messed with. And three cheers for that.

“I wasn’t trau­ma­tised,” she tells Ra­dio Times, “I was cross.”

Daisy went pub­lic with the story not to threaten the idiot groper, but as a “plea that there are some oc­ca­sions when a woman needs to sum­mon her in­ner Lady Brack­nell or Queen Vic­to­ria and give the of­fender a with­er­ing stare and call him out. There are oc­ca­sions when that is ap­pro­pri­ate and suf­fi­cient, and I think women are the best judges of when that is.”

I couldn’t agree more. If a man goes low, women should scale the with­er­ing heights.

With­er­ing: Daisy Good­win’s re­sponse to a groper at No 10

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