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'Feminist' Theresa May and her knee high boots

It's not surprising that knee high boots are in this winter – it's a bit like saying sequins will be an acceptable fashion choice for this year's Christmas parties. But I have to say, knee high boots have been a little over shadowed by their ankle grazing counterparts in recent years – and that's no mean feat considering the ankle boot is so much smaller in stature.

However, when it comes to knee high boots this autumn/winter 2017 it is all about how you wear them – isn't it always. And the good news is the 90's trend of wearing them with your jeans tucked in is back - but just make sure the boots are roomy around the calf rather than tight fitting.

The other key way to wear knee high boots is to accompany them with a high necked midi dress in a nod to the 1970's. My favourite have to be the Gianvito Rossi leather knee-high boots, which are a mere snip at £1,090.

But whichever knee high boots Prime Minister Theresa May plumps for this season, I suggest they come with a steel toe cap, as it's time to kick those 'handsy' male MPs where it hurts – metaphorically at least.

The list of sexual allegations across all parties at Westminster is growing by the day, varying from affairs, to 'inappropriate' behaviour with female and male staff, to being 'handsy' in taxis (a terrible word). There is now also an allegation of rape.

Most of the names of the accused are being kept out of the public domain but are apparently well known in parliamentary circles and have been kept by chief whips, it is alleged, to make them toe the line - in a 'you vote for this and we won't expose what you did to a female staff member in your hotel room' kind of way. Nothing like the stench of corruption is there?

And there are even allegations that Theresa May knew about the whip's list. What is unequivocal is Theresa May as a woman, as a self-confessed feminist and as a Prime Minister must root out all those guilty of crimes of a sexual nature and deal with them properly.

And that does not mean simply accepting their apology as she has done in the case of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who repeatedly put his hand on the knee of a journalist until she threatened to punch him.

Neither does it mean simply setting up an independent mediation service as she proposed to do earlier this week to allow staff to raise concerns about MP's behaviour.

Several victims have already spoken out to say this will not help them, as this mediation service will still be overseen by MPs. They are calling for a 'credible independent body' to be set up, which is not connected to any party, in the same way the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority acts as a watchdog on expenses.

Of course it shouldn't be down to a woman to clear up the mess made by the men around her, but I would like to think Theresa May would feel compelled to do more than she has done so far. Surely she must feel a natural empathy for these women and share in the sense of rage many women are expressing about this ultra masculine attitude amongst men in power that they can simply do what they like.

This cannot be another occasion where Theresa May makes decisions on the basis of trying to please as many people as possible. She will undoubtedly upset a lot of her male colleagues if she clamps down on this appalling sexual behaviour but she can be safe in the knowledge that the women she works with, the women across the whole country, and I'm sure many men as well, will applaud her in a way she has never been applauded before.

And she can do it in knee high boots, ankle boots or in her slippers for all I care. But it must be done.


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