Toppling the mightiest abusers matters – it tells schoolchildren that our culture will no longer condone sexual aggression

Another one bites the dust. Daniel Korski, favourite to be selected as Tory candidate for London mayor, has withdrawn from the race after an allegation of groping. He denies it, while his accuser, Daisy Goodwin, a screenwriter and producer, says other women have contacted her with some “very interesting stories” about him. #MeToo appears to have struck again.

Men in apparently unassailable positions of power have been toppled in a quite extraordinary sequence of scandals. Masters of the universe everywhere must be trembling at what might emerge about all they have done, taking it for granted that women at work were there to be touched, or subject to “banter”, all with an unspoken shadow of threats to careers.

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

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