The resignation from high office of Sir Michael Fallon evoked a notable response from his erstwhile victim -
Julia Hartley-Brewer: talk-show host, panellist and newspaper journalist. She has displayed what is
demonstrably missing today -a maturity and no-nonsense attitude towards what can occur in the real
world occupied by the male and female human species....and what are called "rites of passage".
We are seeing a lack of self-assertion when imposed on...followed by a years-later scenario that
allows for allegations of distant "abuse" and "assault" when social conditions emerge that seem
conducive to obtaining sympathy and more, even if the deeds - many of them apparently of a
relatively minor nature - have themselves long gone into the annals of "what was" when people
were not what they are now - and probably cringe at the memory of what they did or knew in the
past. The line must be drawn between what can be called common sense in the process of
maturing and the historically recognised repugnant conduct that is catered for by the criminal law.
Very recently, in a distant Middle-Eastern country, a man was hauled off to jail for touching another
man on the hip. We used to respond with horror to such hidebound moral strictures but now appear
to be busy emulating them in what can only be called retrograde reaction.
Ms Hartley-Brewer demonstrates the demeanour of someone who meets the world and deals with
it. More should follow her praiseworthy example.