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Westminster is full of political couples. Journalism is also a hotbed: when I married my husband, we both worked at the same newspaper. Sarah Vine and Michael Gove are shown in 2011

How many of the couples you know have met at work? I bet I have quite a few.

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Westminster is full of political couples. Journalism is also a hotbed: when I married my husband, we both worked at the same newspaper (although we technically met on a skiing holiday). And I have lost count of the number of teachers connected to a flirty cuppa in the staff room.

It is the most natural thing in the world, not least because you know that you are with someone who shares your values, interests, talents and ambitions. As long as both of you are consenting adults – and ideally single – what's not fun about it?

Westminster is full of political couples. Journalism is also a hotbed: when I married my husband, we both worked at the same newspaper. Sarah Vine and Michael Gove are shown in 2011

Westminster is full of political couples. Journalism is also a hotbed: when I married my husband, we both worked at the same newspaper. Sarah Vine and Michael Gove are shown in 2011

As long as both of you are consenting adults - and ideally single - what's not fun about it? Well, enough, apparently, if you're McDonald's and you discover that your CEO is moonlighting with another staff member

As long as both of you are consenting adults - and ideally single - what's not fun about it? Well, enough, apparently, if you're McDonald's and you discover that your CEO is moonlighting with another staff member

As long as both of you are consenting adults – and ideally single – what's not fun about it? Well, enough, apparently, if you're McDonald's and you discover that your CEO is moonlighting with another staff member

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Well, enough, apparently, if you're McDonald's and you discover that your CEO is moonlighting with another staff member. Or, as they put it, violated your corporate standards policy, stating that & # 39; employees who have a direct or indirect reporting relationship with each other are forbidden to date or have a sexual relationship & # 39 ;.

Fair enough, he is (was) the director, so maybe he should have shown a little more restraint than your average Joe. But does your chief who falls for someone who works for him really justify losing a guy who is responsible for almost doubling the company's stock price in just four years?

Of course we do not know all the facts yet, and perhaps never, but if it were as simple as two consenting adults who were dragging along, the issue could certainly have been dealt with internally.

Steve Easterbrook – a former boy from Watford Grammar School – and his unnamed partner would not be the first pair to encounter a passion for the photocopier (or perhaps a quarter-pounder in this case. Who knows?)

Does your headman for someone who works for him really justify getting rid of a guy who is responsible for almost doubling the company's stock price in just four years?

Does your headman for someone who works for him really justify getting rid of a guy who is responsible for almost doubling the company's stock price in just four years?

Does your headman for someone who works for him really justify getting rid of a guy who is responsible for almost doubling the company's stock price in just four years?

Anyway, the fact remains that the affair has highlighted a whole new area of ​​censorship of the individual, and it is a cause for concern.

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I understand the need to protect vulnerable junior personnel against the progress of higher, more powerful bosses. Every organization wants clear guidelines to protect against possible abuse.

But this goes further than that. Although we do not know the identity of Mr Easterbrook's beloved, there is no suggestion of coercion.

So why the censorship answer? It is less like a company trying to protect its employees – and more an example of the strange post # MeToo puritanism that seems to be engulfing us lately. Of the & # 39; shy & # 39; Cheshire teenager convicted of sexual violence for touching a fellow student at the waist, to the hysterical reaction to the idea that Boris Johnson might have laid a hand on the thigh of a female journalist two decades ago during a drunken lunch, a hint of a physical overture becomes taboo.

When rightly trying to restrict the actions of a minority of poor individuals, we seem to have occurred somewhere in the late 19th century.

Time to give up the gong, Charlize Charlize Theron has called for the Academy Awards to be gender neutral. Does this mean she is returning her best actress Oscar from 2004?

Time to give up the gong, Charlize Charlize Theron has called for the Academy Awards to be gender neutral. Does this mean she is returning her best actress Oscar from 2004?

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Time to give up the gong, Charlize Charlize Theron has called for the Academy Awards to be gender neutral. Does this mean she is returning her best actress Oscar from 2004?

Young employees will soon need a counselor to attend meetings, a kind of company version of the girl's aunt, complete with fragrant salts and disapproving frowns. Those upcoming Christmas parties must be accompanied by specially trained sex monitors who want to ensure that only those with proportional pay packages and equal status disappear together in the broom cupboard.

I think this is a grotesque infringement. Why does the fact that someone pays your salary mean that they make profound personal choices on your behalf? More to the point, how will anyone ever sleep another way to the top if the boss is forbidden territory? (Please don't write, I'm just kidding.)

Surely office romance is healthier than choosing a partner based on their Tinder profile? What does it matter if one person earns more than the other? That does not mean that the relationship is abusive, it simply means that someone can afford to pay for dinner.

The irony is that organizations, while at the same time imposing restrictions on people's private lives (who they love, their political opinions, the food they eat), never remind us of how much they support "self-expression."

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So we end up in the bizarre situation where M&S invites customers to choose & # 39; which fitting room they feel comfortable to use, with regard to how they identify & # 39; (in other words, a guy can now use the ladies & # 39; just by saying they are a woman), while a relationship between a boss and an employee becomes a duty.

For most of us, the double standards of modern culture are a funny inconvenience. But if they become a treacherous instrument of private censorship, we must take note of it. Because there is such a thing as the thin end of the wedge; if we don't watch out, this will open an irreparable crack in society.

What did you think of His Dark Materials, the new BBC Sunday Night adaptation of Philip Pullman's novels?

The story is set in a parallel world where the soul of people materializes in the form of animal companions or daemons. The idea is that they represent the essence of man – so the daemon of explorer Lord Asriel is a fierce snow leopard and the perfidious Mrs. Coulter has a cunning monkey.

Dog lovers naturally understand this concept perfectly, because we are inseparable from our animals and they often resemble us in character and behavior. My daemon, Muffin, is an almost untraceable Lhasa Apso (above) who never does what she has been told, does not like sports and should always be the center of attention.

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I just can't imagine where she gets it.

Emma Watson has every right to live the way she chooses – but & # 39; self-partner & # 39 ;?

What is wrong with being single?

I will consciously disconnect from anyone who says otherwise.

Oh, the irony.

The white stiletto, once proud of the femininity of the working class Essex, was reborn for fashion A-listers – the Duchess of Cambridge, Victoria Beckham – and designed by star names such as Christian Louboutin (for £ 600 per pair).

What better way to signal your social superiority than to wear a shoe that makes something more than a car-on-curb impossible.

The towering white stiletto is our equivalent of those impractical ensembles that are favorite with Marie Antoinette. Down with their heels!

It says quite a bit about the current state of mind of our parliamentarians that more than 60 of them withdraw from these elections.

That corresponds to one tenth of the entire room – which, if the Commons were a company, would be a serious crisis.

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However, with so many rooms, I cannot help thinking that this would be the ideal moment to make much-needed border changes aimed at reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, and constituencies more equal in terms of their total number of voters.

It's up to you, (new) Mr. Speaker.

Allelujah! The "awake" police have been caught napping.

How else do you explain the issue of new Christmas stamps with real scenes from the birth of Christ with the real Jesus and the real Virgin Mary?

Get them quickly!

Allelujah! The "awake" police have been caught napping. How else do you explain the issue of new Christmas stamps with real scenes from the birth of Christ with the real Jesus and the real Virgin Mary?
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Allelujah! The "awake" police have been caught napping. How else do you explain the issue of new Christmas stamps with real scenes from the birth of Christ with the real Jesus and the real Virgin Mary?

Allelujah! The "awake" police have been caught napping. How else do you explain the issue of new Christmas stamps with real scenes from the birth of Christ with the real Jesus and the real Virgin Mary?

They will be worth a small fortune when the Royal Mail withdraws them after a hail of legitimate protest.

If postal workers are not too busy to go on strike to steal & # 39; Brexit & # 39 ;. . .

Finally good news: the end of the unbearable test, the lubrication test, replaced by home kits that are just as effective but much less unpleasant.

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While we are busy, is there a chance that someone could come up with an alternative to the horror of the mammogram?

I know we should all be grateful for breast cancer screening, but there's something about being half naked in a room with your breasts in the medical equivalent of a Breville toaster that feels too humiliated.

Why can't Greta Thunberg do it all from her bedroom via FaceTime like other teenagers do?

Why can't Greta Thunberg do it all from her bedroom via FaceTime like other teenagers do?

Why can't Greta Thunberg do it all from her bedroom via FaceTime like other teenagers do?

A climate conference had to be relocated from South America to Madrid, so Saint Greta of Thunberg is on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

That's a pity. Now she needs a CO2 neutral lift, 6,000 miles from her current location in California. Or is it?

Why can't she just do it all through FaceTime from her bedroom like other teenagers?

I mean, it's not like we don't already know what she's going to say (my future stolen, how dare you, evil capitalism, etc.); it would certainly be much simpler if she just did it via a video link.

Either that or she could beam into space in a spinning satellite to permanently send her wisdom to a grateful planet.

Time to give up the gong, Charlize

Charlize Theron has called for the Academy Awards to be gender neutral.

Does this mean she is returning her best actress Oscar from 2004?

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