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.





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M.C. Newberry

Sat 4th Nov 2017 13:28

Not so much a pin-up...but I'd rather have with me than
"agin me" in a spat! And if she talks "drivel" on QT, she
is hardly alone.

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Greg Freeman

Fri 3rd Nov 2017 12:46

'Give as good as good as she gets?' I certainly hadn't insulted her, MC; I was just a humble sub-editor querying something in her copy. I think it was my pronunciation of the word "Wales" that she mimicked. Trivial, I know, but no other reporter did such a thing in the 31 years I was there. So when I hear her "upper" class vowels spouting drivel - despite her no-doubt expensive education - on Question Time as the token female columnist of a certain type (since you mention Private Eye) a few oaths invariably escape my lips. Of course, she may be your pin-up, for all I know.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 3rd Nov 2017 12:09

Greg - it tends to point towards a woman who can give as
good as she gets in this life. Who has not been subjected
to having the piss taken? In my old career it was a daily
occurrence and we just got on with returning it in kind...
often with very satisfying results!
By the way, I was intrigued to learn she did a spell at the Grauniad - as Private Eye (that superior piss-taking periodical) liked to call it due to its frequent typos. How
many in her line have made the reverse journey to The
Daily Mail/Daily Express et al, I wonder?

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Greg Freeman

Thu 2nd Nov 2017 23:46

Yes, I remember Julia Hartley-Brewer. She took the piss out of my cockney accent when she was doing a casual reporting shift at the Guardian. Admirable woman. Not.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 2nd Nov 2017 23:06

I will endeavour to express my interest in a more poetical
form albeit that I would challenge the assertion that I
"keep posting stuff life this".

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Laura Taylor

Thu 2nd Nov 2017 14:33

This isn't a poem. Why do you keep posting stuff like this?

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