On Sunday, British Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall fired back at the Daily Mail, a garbage excuse for a publication, after one of its reporters asked her how much she weighs.

“Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?” Kendall said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.

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“I just think it’s unbelievable that in the 21st century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men,” she continued. “I cannot wait for a world when women are judged the same as men and not by those kinds of questions.”

The article, written by Simon Walters, the newspaper’s political editor, reads:

Kendall maintains her lithe figure by jogging 20 miles a week. On Saturday nights she loves to dance to rap music at discos with friends...

Her jacket, navy blue ‘vest’ and trousers are from Reiss. L.K. Bennett and Reiss are two of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion brands – and slinky brunette Liz, or Elizabeth Louise, to give her full Royal-sounding Christian names, looks as good in them as slinky brunette Kate. In fact she looks the same weight as the Duchess – about 8st – though when I ask she slaps me down with a raucous ‘f*** off!’, adding quickly: ‘Don’t print that.’

Walters is clearly a man of moral character: Not only did he objectify one of the most powerful politicians in England to her face, but he also ignored her wish that her totally deserved expletive-laden response be off the record. Cool cool cool.

Good thing we can say it here: Simon Walters, fuck off.


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