Mary Kenny: Older generation had their own way of slapping down unwanted advances
MY mother-in-law's best friend was sexually harassed by Lloyd George, back in the 1920s. David Lloyd George, one of Britain's most brilliant politicians, was a notorious groper of females – he was known as "the old goat". But this young woman, a stalwart Suffragette, responded with a commanding challenge: "Unhand me, prime minister! What do you take me for?"
Apparently the old goat was covered with embarrassment and fell immediately into apologetic mode. "Oh dear lady – forgive me – I quite forgot myself – it's just that you are such an attractive young lady – oh, please pardon me ... ." "Well," she replied, "see that you don't do it again, prime minister!"
That, I have always felt, is the way to deal with a vexatious sexual advance – even from a man in a position of power. I'm not sure that Lloyd George quite learned his lesson – he treated women like London buses: if you missed one, there'd be another along in a moment – but he did perhaps learn not to tangle with strong women who were not afraid to speak their mind.