Harpie hounding of Sir Tim Hunt is an ominous sign of what happens when hens rule the roost

Oh dear. Alf has a career dilemma to sort out.

For some time he has been obsequiously deferential to The Boss, in the hope he will be rewarded with a Cabinet job.

He will continue to do so until The Boss steps down.

But it’s in anticipation of this stepping down that Alf has a problem.

He recognises that when The Boss moves on, someone else will be our leader and Alf will have a new arse to lick to start currying favour with a new leader.

Mrs Grumble is urging him to start now and not wait till the leadership change has been made.

But deciding with whom favour(s) should be curried is the challenge.

Alf does not discuss his dilemma with Mrs Grumble – but he is an unabashed believer in the superiority of blokes in all things except giving birth, vacuuming the house, washing the dishes and a few things like that.

He understands this may be regarded as sexism.

So be it.

It’s time blokes stood up and proudly declared that sexism is better than the PC alternative.

This ugly alternative has been manifest – and horrendously so – in recent days.

Hordes of harpies have howled so loudly they forced an eminent scientist, Sir Tim Hunt, to resign for saying that women in science were prone to crying, which – of course – is glaringly true.

It’s as if he said some women, depending on their age, are prone to menstruate.

He said later that the comments were meant to be ‘jokey’ and apologised for them.

But the harpies prevailed, obviously aided and abetted by blokes with no balls and the PC police.

According to the Daily Mail:

Sir Tim who won the Nobel prize in 2001 for his work in cell biology, told a conference in South Korea: ‘Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry’.

But during the feminist furore over his remarks Twitter users called him ‘a clueless, sexist jerk’ and ‘a misogynist dude scientist’.

On the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday, Labour’s energy spokesman Caroline Flint also criticised Sir Tim’s comments.

‘This is the tip of the iceberg,’ she said. ‘We still have an approach that says certain professions are for men, and certain professions are for women, and it’s not good enough.’

UCL said Sir Tim’s resignation was ‘compatible with our commitment to gender equality’.

The Royal Society, the oldest scientific organisation in the world, said it had accepted his resignation from its awards committee.

Fair to say, there is still some semblance of common sense and fair play among the Brits.

More than 2,200 people have signed an online petition calling on UCL to reinstate Sir Tim.

Professor Richard Dawkins, Oxford University’s professor for public understanding of science from 1995 until 2008, is the latest public figure to defend him.

Others include TV astronomer Professor Brian Cox, London mayor Boris Johnson, and IVF pioneer Lord Winston.

The Daily Mail quoted from this letter to The Times from Professor Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist who wrote The God Delusion:

‘Along with many others, I didn’t like Sir Tim Hunt’s joke, but “disproportionate” would be a huge underestimate of the baying witch-hunt that it unleashed among our academic thought police: nothing less than a feeding frenzy of mob-rule self-righteousness.

‘A writer in the Guardian even described it as “a moment to savour”. To “savour” a moment of human misery – to “savour” the hounding of one of our most distinguished scientists – goes beyond schadenfreude and spills over into cruelty.’

This defence of the beleaguered Sir Tim was published in another newspaper.:

SO, the speech police have been at it again. This time scientist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt has been compelled to resign from London University as a direct result of having made what many regard as sexist comments about women scientists.

Although these may indeed have been sexist, jokingly or not, he also committed the serious error of unscientifically extrapolating from his own personal experiences of women scientists to women scientists in general. He should have known better.


But it’s the over-the-top reaction that is ominously threatening, the way Alf sees things.

So does the letter writer:

Surely these are utterances not of such seriousness as to warrant resignation? If every time men and women were forced to resign after having made joking and/or sexist remarks about women (or men) in general, there would be very few people in jobs.

Sexist generalisations are part and parcel of workplace/social banter, engaged in equally by both sexes and given and received in good spirit.

This forced resignation of Tim Hunt is, in effect, just another example of PC fascism having gone completely bonkers. This indeed can be a very slippery, dangerous path we must avoid going down.

So what has this to do with Alf’s dilemma?


Here’s what we learn from iPredict:

Paula Bennett remains the favourite to become National Party leader if a vacancy arises (35%, down from 38% last week), followed by Judith Collins on 23% (up from 20%)

So Alf is struggling with the need to curry favour with two stroppy sheilas, if he wants to enhance his career prospects.

Let alone the problem of being unsure which of the two deserves more currying of favour than the other, the prospect of having a female leader is seriously discomforting.

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