"[A story] from the Telegraph, 'Tradition of Christmas in Danger of Dying Out'. Apparently people aren't putting oranges in stockings anymore....er Ed...? I seem to vaguely remember a story about MPs and stocking and oranges but I think that was something else.Now, I love a good sick joke as much as the next person, and to be honest I thought it amusing that the Lib Dem candidate would make light of the sexual practices of a former Tory MP when they had a leadership candidate with, shall we say, "interesting tastes".
Still, Mark Oaten didn't die of course. It does pose an interesting question though. Imagine, if you will, if Boris Johnson had made a joke about an (almost) dead Liberal involved in a sex scandal and taken the mickey out of his sexual tastes? Oh I don't know, Jeremey Thorpe perhaps?
What do you think the Lib Dem and Labour reaction to it would be? Boris would be hounded as a homophobic hatemonger. Meanwhile, Paddick can happily take the piss out of a guy that died enjoying himself with his stockings and oranges, make a party political jibe, and no one bats an eyelid?
Crazy world huh?