Yesterday Emily Thornberry accused Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan of sexism for asking her whether she knew who the French foreign minister was during a discussion about Brexit negotiations.
Had Murnaghan asked Thornberry about her favourite shade of lipstick, Thornberry’s complaint would have been understandable. But the question was about the shadow foreign secretary’s work liaising with the French and Germans, and was quite unremarkable.
Rebuked on Twitter
Conservative MSP Ruth Davidson has since criticised Thornberry’s performance on Twitter:
Plenty of genuine sexism & misogyny in politics. Don't need prominent women debasing the term to cover their own poor performance. Jeez.
— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) September 11, 2016
Perhaps Thornberry might take note.