A piece by Gary Oliver for TCW, first published by them in March 2018. As a big comedy fan, I particularly enjoyed this reference to Al Murray:
Many of Swinson’s utterances have potentially serious consequences, such as her campaign to criminalise boorish men by having undefined ‘misogyny’ added as yet another category of hate crime. But even the trivial does not escape Jo’s censorious gaze: she was recently back in the news when she publicly questioned the inclusivity of events known as Lib Dem Pint, social gatherings staged by branches to stimulate interest in the party. ‘I’m not saying women can’t drink pints,’ observed Jo, ‘but I suspect if you look at the Venn diagram of people most likely to drink pints it’s not majority women. And personally, if you had a Lib Dem Prosecco, I’d have thought that would be way more inviting.’
It is possible this is Swinson’s idea of a joke, though humour is seldom evident whenever she rails at perceived bias against women. In fact, coming from the impeccably PC Jo, her observation regarding choice of drink is gender stereotyping worthy of Al Murray’s cartoonish Pub Landlord: ‘Pint for the gentleman, glass of wine or fruit-based drink for the lady – them’s the rules!’
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