I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘French flu’ but it was coined in the 1950s by an Eastern European intellectual who found sanctuary from Soviet tanks in London and then became incredulous at the way English brain-boxes ceaselessly put down their own country in comparison with France. As with many Left-wing men today who somehow seem to end up on the side of woman-haters from transies to Isis, you might almost believe that it was because of, rather than despite, these groups misogyny that right-on-Johns had such a soft spot for them because of, as I wrote in the Spectator: ‘Suppressed feelings of resentment towards the march of feminism which they could never in a million years admit to. After years of being yelled at by female comrades whenever they inquired about the likelihood of a hot beverage being imminent, imagine how excited they must get watching big bad men in balaclavas selling ‘slave girls’ in a sweltering marketplace…’

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