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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on sexism in Westminster: this sleaze harms us all

Neil Parish stands to ask a question during prime minister’s questions in the Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA
Nìl Pariś standz t asc a qsćn jrñ prîm̦inistr’z qsćnz in ɖ Comnz. Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/PA

Ɖ Gardịn vy on sxizm in Wsminstr: ɖs slīz harmz s ol

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Friday 29 April 2022)

Nìl Pariś, akzd v woćñ porn at wrc, jônz a loñ list v Tori MPz invstgetd fr sx́l msconduct

Frîde 29 Epril 2022

“Unls w enśur indivijlz r bròt t justis, nʈñ wl ćenj,” Cet Mōltbi rout in ɖ Gardịn in 2019. Ɖ lêtist coments abt mel colīgz’ “wonḍrñ handz” fṛm ɖ inṭnaśnl-tred secṛtri, Án-Mri Tṛvełn, cmbînd wɖ ɖ fact ɖt no fywr ɖn 56 MPz r undr invstgeśn ovr sx́l conduct, sjst ɖt nt onli hv ʈñz nt ćenjd fr ɖ betr sins Mz Mōltbi rezd hr ǒn cmplent in 2017, in sm rspcts ɖe me īvn hv got wrs.

Tru, sm MPz hv bn hld t acǎnt fr in’proprịt bhevyr. Demịn Grīn wz sact fṛm hiz pziśn az frst secṛtri v stet in 2017 aftr an invstgeśn faund ɖt h hd laid t parḷmnt abt pornogṛfi on hiz cmpytr. No dfiṇtiv cncluźn wz rīćt in rleśn t Mz Mōltbi’z clem ɖt h hd bhevd roñli twdz hr, olɖo hr acǎnt wz faund t b “plōẓbl”. In 2020 ɖ formr Cnsrṿtiv MP Ćarli Elfic wz sntnst t tū yirz in jel fr ʈri sx́l asōlts – tū v ɖm on a parḷmntri wrcr. Anɖr Cnsrṿtiv MP, Imran Aħmad Cān, wz ɖs munʈ faund gilti v sx̣́li asōltñ a 15-yir-old bô in 2008, ẃl ɖ Tori MP Devid Worbrtn hz hd ɖ ẃip rmuvd aftr aḷgeśnz imrjd v sx́l haṛsmnt n ccen ys. Lebr MP Liym Bŕn olso fesz sspnśn fṛm ɖ Comnz fr nonsx́l bŭliyñ v a mel stāfr.

Bt uɖrz cntiny t iscep puniśmnt, az ɖ Libṛl Deṃcrat Lord Lstr dd ẃn h rzînd fṛm ɖ Hǎs v Lordz in 2018 aftr pirz votd nt t sañśn him fr sx́l haṛsmnt. Tori MP Crispin Blunt rzînd fṛm hiz pziśn az ćer v an ol-parti LGBT+ rîts grūp ɖs munʈ, aftr biyñ criṭsîzd fr pubḷcli atacñ Aħmad Cān’z cnvix́n. Bt ɖ ẃip wz nt wɖdrwn. N Boris Jonsn’z ẃips sīmd rluctnt, iniṣ́li, t act agnst anɖr MP, Nìl Pariś, hu z alejd t hv bn sìn woćñ pornogṛfi at wrc bî tū colīgz. Instd, it wz sjstd ɖt it wz fr ɖz witṇsz t rport him t ɖ Indipndnt Cmplents n Grīvns Scīm set p folowñ #MiTù. On Frîde, it wz anǎnst ɖt Mr Pariś wd rport himslf, n ɖ ẃip wz sspndd.

Ɖt ɖz rports, ẃć includ Mz Tṛvełn seyñ ś wz wns “pind p agnst a wōl” bî a mel MP, śd cm jst a wīc aftr a hîli public atmt t hymiliet Lebr’z Anɉla Rênr fr crosñ hr legz, mcs ɖm ol ɖ mor dsmeyñ. N ɖr z a sns v rîzñ angr amñ fīmel MPz, bʈ abt ɖ sṗsific bhevyr on dsple in parḷmnt n ɖ culćr v impyṇti ɖt cntinyz t srǎnd MPz; n abt wîdr trendz, includñ ɖ incrisñ ys v pornogṛfi in public plesz, n smartfon-inebld haṛsmnt.

Stl, opṭmists pônt t ɖ fact ɖt wimin r nǎ mor lîcli ɖz dez t cmplen abt mel bhevyr ɖt wd prīvịsli hv bn toḷretd. N gvn evrʈñ w nǒ abt ɖ numbr v sx́l haṛsmnt n abys xpirịnsz ɖt g unriportd, it z dificlt t asrt wɖ confidns ɖt sx́l msconduct in parḷmnt hz bcm mor comn, or les, best on aṇcdotl evidns. Ẃt cn b stetd frmli z ɖt it z daṃjñ bʈ t poḷtics n t ssayti ẃn sīńr public figrz sć az MPz trīt wimin wɖ sć cntmt.

Lebr hz its ǒn dificltiz in ɖs eria. Ɖs munʈ a grūp v sīńr wimin in ɖ parti cōld fr an end t ɖ ys v conḟdnśiaḷti’grīmnts ẃn aḷgeśnz r md. Bt ɖ lêtist nyz abt Mr Pariś, folowñ Aħmad Cān’z cnvix́n, Mr Worbrtn’z sspnśn n ɖ scuriḷs atac on Mz Rênr, mīn ɖt Boris Jonsn’z parti hedz intu nxt wīc’s locl ilex́nz in a clǎd v slīz.

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