Saturday, 19 January 2013

Are adulterous MPs now acceptable?

Are adulterous MPs now acceptable? - Telegraph:
 "After a senior Communist Party policy advisor was forced to resign from his post in China for an affair, Cathy Newman takes a look at the effect of British politicians' extra-marital affairs on their careers and public standing."
And her verdict?
... it's only if the affair is accompanied by a lie or a policy ramification that a minister is in trouble.
So although there was plenty of - unfairly - salacious coverage of David Laws' secret relationship with his boyfriend, he only had to leave after revelations he'd claimed £40,000 of taxpayers' money to pay rent to his boyfriend.
And in the previous administration, former home secretary David Blunkett quit not because of his dalliance with a married woman, Kimberly Quinn, but because he was accused of "fast-tracking" a visa application for her nanny.

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