Dame Joanna Lumley says young women were “much tougher” on sexism in the past, while there is now a tendency to be “a victim”. The actor and author, who started out as a model in the 1960s, says “the new fashion is to be a victim, a victim of something. It is pathetic. We have gone mad.
Asked about the #MeToo movement, she told Prospect magazine: “If someone whistled at you on the street, it didn’t matter. If someone fumbled, we clapped their hands. We were pretty tough and took care of ourselves.
The Absolutely Fabulous star, inset, also defended his failed proposal for a ‘garden bridge’ over the River Thames, backed by Boris Johnson when he was mayor. She claimed ‘our country hates new ideas’ and said the bridge would have been ‘magical’ during lockdown. When the project was scrapped in 2017, it had gobbled up £43m of taxpayers’ money.
Rachel Reeves: It’s a Card
Labour’s Rachel Reeves is sending Christmas cards to as many people as possible, not just a few. The Shadow Chancellor says she writes 3,200 each year and starts in the summer. Maybe she doesn’t know there’s a postal strike. Although she’s been described as an “annoying snore,” Reeves spiced up her image during a chat with Spectator magazine last week, signing a lucky reporters card.
Row of portraits on commission
A row has erupted at the Australian High Commission on the Strand, which has removed 26 portraits of former senior diplomats lining the stairs. An Australian newspaper says it’s because it was all white men who were “symbols of the patriarchy”, and it’s a move to be more inclusive. The embassy says this is not true, but gave no other reason. What are they going to put in place?
Truss’ autopsy continues
Despite her short time as prime minister, Liz Truss is reportedly considering setting up a think tank for her economic ideas. She has some support: Simon Clarke, Truss’ leveling secretary, wrote a eulogy to her in The Critic, saying she was “fundamentally and above all right”, and calling her downfall a “tragedy”. Kwasi Kwarteng disagrees, admitting they “messed up” in a recent interview.
Collaboration between Dua and Stormzy?
Diary of a Londoner December 12
Capital Radio held its annual Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena last night. Host Roman Kemp pressed Stormzy and Dua Lipa to do a song together, while singer George Ezra went too. At Bafta headquarters in Piccadilly on Saturday, fictional Paddington Bear gathered co-star Hugh Bonneville and fellow actors Olivia Colman and Matt Lucas for a UNICEF party in aid of refugee children.