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Jo Brand perfectly responded to an all-male Have I Got News For You panel talking about sexual harassment
“If you’re constantly being harassed even in a small way, that builds up and that wears you down.”

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THIS WEEK, UK politics has been dominated by a deepening row over sexual abuse and harassment at Westminster – which led to Conservative Michael Fallon resigning as defence secretary.

It was obviously going to be top of the agenda on Friday night’s Have I Got News For You.

But following a comment that not all the allegations are “high level” crime, host Jo Brand explained to the panel why it doesn’t have to be for women to feel “under siege in the House of Commons”

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Speaking about the headline “Tory MP takes his personal trainer to the cinema”, long-standing captain Ian Hislop said:

Some of this is not high level crime, is it, compared to say Putin or Trump?

Brand interjected:

If I could only say that as the only representative of the female gender here today, I know it’s not high level but it doesn’t have to be high level for women to feel under siege in somewhere like the House of Commons.
And actually for women, if you’re constantly being harassed even in a small way, that builds up and that wears you down.

A massive round of applause followed.

“Sorry, I thought I was on Question Time for a minute”

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Hislop conceded that it’s perfectly OK for them to take a backseat on this one:

“No, and as you point out with four blokes sitting around you we’re hardly in a position to say, ‘That’s rubbish’.”

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Brand has been winning plaudits for her clear and concise explanation

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It was the standout moment, and particularly relevant given the panel were all-male

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Given the week that was, people questioned whether such a panel was really going to give you as much insight into sexual harassment in politics as was necessary

Jo Brand, the saviour HIGNFY needed last night.

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