Today another extract from Transgression seems appropriate in view of recent allegations concerning MPs and the young women who work in Westminster.
During the 1987 general election in Britain a woman comes to a local journalist in the constituency of a Conservative MP seeking re-election. This extract has been edited to fit the space but contains her allegations and his response.
I had no ‘inside knowledge’ to inform this imagined scene. However, I had often enough witnessed the way some men – too many, in fact – behaved towards women in the workplace and it seemed to me when I wrote the scene, and still does, that Westminster would be little different from any other office or workshop.
The question that remains is this: at what point does flirting spill over into unacceptable behaviour? Is any kind of flirting acceptable? What do you think?