For a chap with seven confirmed children by three confirmed women and a reputation, as one columnist put it, as a “demonstrably misogynistic career sleazebag”, Boris Johnson is an unlikely feminist.

In fact, when his then press secretary, Allegra Stratton, described him thus last year, the howls of outrage emanating from female commentators, not all on the Left, almost drowned out the mocking laughter from those who really know him.

The Prime Minister’s relationship with women is his Achilles’ heel, often threatening to topple him from power in the past and still, one suspects, a source of vulnerability, political and otherwise.