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Bad apples

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LadyMonicaBaddingham · 01/05/2022 17:54

I am so tired of hearing this idiom wilfully and woefully misquoted, notably by the Metropolitan Police but most recently by the energy secretary claiming that "there is not a culture of misogyny in parliament, just a few bad apples"


And breathe...

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AuntieStella · 01/05/2022 20:54

I agree with you

Houses of Parliament is filled with over-entitled people who think they're God's gift

Toxic quickly, even if the actively nasty are few in number


SapatSea · 05/05/2022 10:30

I agree. Recently read that at least 56 MP's - 8.6% of them, including 3 cabinet members and 2 shadow cabinet members have been accused of sexual harrassment and I guess that is just the tip of the iceberg as IME very few women actually report harassment in the workplace but just quietly leave jobs and often careers .


JaninaDuszejko · 05/05/2022 10:41

8.6 % is more than a few bad apples, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

creeps away merrily mixing metaphors

But seriously, I didn't realise it was so bad in parliament. I haven't been sexually harassed at work since the 90s. Who would be an MP?


SapatSea · 05/05/2022 12:22


WhereYouLeftIt · 05/05/2022 15:02


This has always bugged me too. The whole saying is exhorting you to remove the bad apple from the barrel before the canker spreads and all the apples are made rotten. To take action. Instead, it is used to minimise, to sweep the behaviour of the bad apple under the carpet and do nothing; or worse, to close ranks around the bad apple and protect them from what consequences should befall them.

Pisses me off no end.

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