Review of the Week - Weinstein's dressing gown, Trump's right royal snubbing and the fabulous Emma Thompson
The news has been saturated this week with nauseating revelations of how Harvey Weinstein abused his power as a top Hollywood producer over a period of decades.
From stolen kisses and requests for massages to accusations of rape, actresses have been coming forward in droves since Ashley Judd came out in the New York Times last weekend saying she had been sexually abused at the hands of Weinstein.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are some of the big names coming forward to say they were taken advantage of by Weinstein as up-and-coming actresses but had felt too fearful of losing their jobs to speak out.
The latest on the story is both the London Metropolitan and New York police are investigating accusations of sexual abuse on their respective sides of the pond but a big question mark still hangs over whether Weinstein will face a criminal conviction due to the lack of evidence. Surely Weinstein's dressing gown bears the best witness.
However said dressing gown was unavailable for comment as it is enjoying a relaxing vacation with Weinstein who has been checked into a luxurious rehab in Arizona to get over his 'sex addiction'.
Not holding back is British actress Emma Thompson who has spoken eloquently and honestly about how Weinstein is the tip of the iceberg in an industry made up of 'many men' who 'interfere' with women. She threw out any suggestion Weinstein was a sex addict and said there was a real problem with excessive masculinity – a problem the man who held the top job in the world also shared, she added.
Donald Trump is a man very much guilty of interference with women - but his actions appear to be going unchecked. Indeed, despite the revelations last year he thought it completely acceptable to grab women by their most private parts he was voted in as President of the United States rather than made to face any legal recompense.
A man who does not face up to any criticism of his actions, simply labelling it 'fake news', Trump will probably fail to see the parallel between himself and Harvey Weinstein. However, if we go on Emma Thompson's well-thought-out definition of what makes for a male predator – the fact that it doesn't have to be several interferences, it can just be one – then Donald Trump is unequivocally as guilty as Weinstein.
We can rule out any denting of the man's ego, however, over the fact all pomp and ceremony has been taken out of his state visit to Britain at the beginning of next year. Trump had apparently asked for a carriage ride down the Mall, golf at Balmoral and tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Instead, due to the protest sparked when Theresa May invited Trump on a state visit shortly after his inauguration, everything has been scaled down to a 'working visit' which will involve opening the new London embassy in Battersea.
Trump will no doubt address any accusations Britain is showing how much it dislikes him as yet more 'fake news'.
In Blightly, Brexit has shuddered and stalled over the government's inability to come to any compromise agreement with the EU. The government is being forced to go back to the drawing board to make a host of amendments to its withdrawal bill and Chancellor Philip Hammond is being made to carry the can, due to his 'pessimistic attitude'. An attitude shared by much of the British public then.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made the wise political move of distancing himself from the mess by declaring if there was a referendum tomorrow he would vote remain. This follows Theresa May's refusal to answer the same question, but in so doing made it very clear she would vote remain as well. Maybe we should get Emma Thompson's opinion on Brexit. She is the only person in this country talking any sense.