Sunday, April 26, 2009

It's not 1997 anymore

The Mail on Sunday is in fine form today, and, in the interests of balance, is not just having a pop at Labour but is raising the question of whether there is any truth in claims that people in Cameron's inner circle paid for a bit of S&M with a high class hooker. What I wonder is though is whether it will actually matter very much if she does (a) name people and (b) it is true. Sex scandals are great, we love them, but when they;re about people's actions almost 20 years ago, will they have (a) resonance in a wider way?

Of course, people will say, "remember Back to Basics?" but the whole point there was that the sex scandals when placed against the misinterpretation of Major's words, were able to be used to say "these people are hypocrites". No such juxtaposition exists today with policy that I can think of. Add into the mix that it far easier and plausible for an voter to go "politician a,b and c are fiddling expenses, ergo all politicians are fiddling expenses" than it is to go "politician a,b and c like to tied up and whipped, ergo all politicians like it a bit kinky", and again I wonder how important it is.

We should also take a look at the TV Schedules these days as well. Has anyone not noticed that documentaries on kinky sex practices have normalised what might have once been considered deviance? Channel 4 has had a number of shows in normal viewing hours normalised everything from butt plugs, to dildos, to gag and ball sex toys. It's not just TV either, Ann Summers shops exist across the country on high streets and in shopping centres. There are no blacked out windows anymore, people mill about in the places looking at all manner of orifice insertion devices.

If such thing were not considered OK then the shops wouldn't thrive, but they do, suggesting a current MP that had kinky tendencies would get a shrug and a "meh" from most people, perhaps with a little giggle of course. Is anyone really outraged that the Home Secretary's husband watched a porno? No. What they don't like is that they paid for it. Had he paid for it himself it wouldn't be half the story it was.

That doesn't mean of course I won't giggle if the names do come out. The real question is will it harm electoral chances, and lets be fair, the vast majority of those who wouldn't vote Tory won't care anyway, and those who would probably hate the Government sufficiently more to let it slide.

It is not 1997 anymore.


Mitch said...

Bondage and such is a fairly harmless kink but theft is still theft and illegal in the UK.

Robert said...

Perhaps a few Labour people need to sleep with a few working class hookers prostitutes, this way they might be shocked at the real world.

Plato said...

Max Mosely even managed to win the biggest damages for invasion of his privacy when caught in very oh la la circumstances and he toughed it out.

The world has moved on an awful lot from Madame Cyn.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

Yeah, it's not 1997 any more, but the NuLieBore anthem of the time 'Things Can Only Get Better' by D Ream(?) has never been more relevant.

Barnacle Bill said...

Scraping the barrel comes more to the mind than an interest in the actual story.
Dragging something up like this will do nothing to negate the actual hatred many voters have for anything NuLabor, as you point out so correctly young dizzy.

jailhouselawyer said...

I am less interested in the Tory sex scandal than I am with Dave Cameron's skeleton in the closet over his support for the apartheid regime in South Africa, as reported by the Independent and which I have blogged about here.

By the same token, I feel that Nadine Dorries will only succeed in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with her contemplated legal action which I have covered here and here.

Basically, I fail to see the point of inventing smears when the truth is more damaging.

Anonymous said...

I know little of these 'butt plugs' of which you speak - are they what Ms Smith spent 28 pence on?

Anonymous said...

How do you know what the channel 4 programs were about LOL.

North Northwester said...

If that is George Osborne in the photo, then he surely looks gay and the tart like someone's church-going grandmother.
And, on a sectarian note he appears to be smoking Silk Cut - a pansy brand for all those wishy-washy Leftie Tories, as distinct from Marlboro and Benson and Hedges for us work hard and play hard Right-wingers.

Knut said...

Indeed. And coming so soon after the "Smeargate" affair it is unlikely to be believed.

But really, who cares what some people got up to all that time ago as long as it wasn't relevant to their doing their job today of course.