As British sex scandals go, last week's serial outing of three ministers in Tony Blair's cabinet pales before the great sleaze fests of recent Anglo history. It lacks the fur-draped drama of the Christine Keeler/John Profumo affair, which nearly toppled the government in 1963, or the sinister scent of sodomy that infused the Kim Philby double-agent scare at the height of the Cold War. In fact, beyond a rumored rent boy or two, the current sex scandal doesn't have much sex at all. But, like the American public's reaction to the impeachment uproar, it does signal a fundamental shift in attitudes. In both cases, the only shock-horror was the public's revulsion toward the moralizing right. And the only real news was the revelation that the media's instinct for outrage had... More >>>
Britain's agriculture secretary, Nick Brown: The Sun preferred to show him in a hairnet.