Mary Kenny: Bile against ex-wife who washed her linen in public is astounding
FRIDAY was International Women's Day, but Vicky Pryce, the former Mrs Chris Huhne, didn't experience much solidarity from the sisterhood of politics, media or the commentariat.
The ex-wife of the Liberal Democrat MP who was convicted of perverting the course of justice was lacerated by female invective. Carol Sarler, in the 'Daily Mail', typified a widespread attitude in describing the Greek-born economist as "this cruel and bitter woman who has betrayed her sex – and far, far worse, her children". Other women felt "soiled" because of Pryce. "No other woman scorned has left us, frankly, ashamed of our own sex," wrote Sarler.
Ms Pryce has been described as a "Fury", "vengeful" and "a boundaryless horror". "The woman scorned" has been a phrase often uttered, as in "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", sometimes with an extra twist, as in "hell hath no fury like a woman whose man leaves her for a lesbian twice her size".