Magazine article The Spectator

Profumo, Profumas, Profumat

Magazine article The Spectator

Profumo, Profumas, Profumat

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Our guide to the top 50 political scandals concludes in this issue, and seems already to have brought great pleasure and amusement to readers. As David Selbourne observes on page 18, parliament is presently suffering from a terrible dose of swine flu, symptomatic of a much wider malaise in the polity.

Revisiting the great scandals of the past, however, has reminded us that the British tend to deal with outbreaks of political disgrace with laughter and satire. Our instinct is usually to mock and scorn, rather than to roll out the tumbrils: one of many reasons why this is not a revolutionary country. In France, they stormed the Bastille. In this country, we produced Swift, Addison, That Was the Week that Was, Private Eye, Have I Got News for You and (best of all) Michael Heath. …

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