Gosh darn it: as a public figure – let’s say the leader of the GMB Union for example - you'd think you'd know better than to make a sexist joke in front of hundreds of people.
And yet, that’s exactly what appears to have happened when Tim Roache, a Remain campaigner and leader of said Union, spoke at a meeting in Bournemouth on Monday.
Roache said the following about leading Brexit campaigner Priti Patel:
Priti Patel: surely a contradiction in her name.
There's no denying that that's a sexist comment, bringing into question as it does a woman's looks rather than her ability to do her job.
But we can't help wondering why a man with a name like Tim Roache didn't think twice before making a joke about nominative determinism...