Panic buttons could be installed on trains to protect women from sexual harassment under new measures being considered by the Department for Transport.Only women? Are men subjected to the rowdy attentions of a gaggle of pissed-up hen partiers on the 11:35 to Stevenage supposed to just grin & bear it, then?
But should they reciprocate, and not pass the Wine Goggles Test for the delicate flower of femininity in question, then the outraged female can bring the train to a halt with the power of The Button?
And … where are they supposed to site this proposed ‘No Sex Harassment Please, I’m British!’ button where it won’t be confused with the existing passenger alarm?
More CCTV and police officers on late-night services are also being studied with backing from the British Transport Police.Well, that’ll be more practical use, I’d have thought. But what’s sparked this off in the first place?
Transport Minister Claire Perry is planning to bring together 60 delegates from women's charities and campaign groups for a conference on improving women's safety on public transport.Ah. Well, that explains the single-issue nature of the thing, then!
"I am determined to do everything I can to make transport safer for women," she said.Men can go hang, I guess? That’s inclusive, isn't it?
BTP chiefs say they want to increase the reporting rate of sexual offences on London's transport system by 20 per cent.Well, stop regarding it as only happening to 50% of the population!