A rose among the ‘wilt­ing f low­ers’

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

ROGER GALE MP has laid into ‘fe­male jour­nal­ists’ for out­ing lech­ers in Par­lia­ment in an un­war­ranted ‘witch-hunt’. Last week, how­ever, the jour­nal­ist Yas­min Alib­hai-Brown re­vealed that a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter in the Thatcher Gov­ern­ment had once sum­moned her to his West­min­ster of­fice.

There he in­vited her to be­come his mis­tress in re­turn for a flat in May­fair. YBA turned him down like a bed­spread, but not just be­cause the Tory had made her an in­de­cent pro­posal, or be­cause she is what Gale would call a ‘wilt­ing flower’. ‘There were pho­tos of his fam­ily as well as Mrs T all over the place,’ she ex­plained. ‘He had a wife and chil­dren.’ She con­tin­ues to refuse to name him. There is some hon­our and de­cency among fe­male hacks, Roger, but it takes a gen­tle­man to ac­knowl­edge it.

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