One of the biggest punchlines in Politics is Bill Clinton’s world famous ” I didn’t inhale” reply to allegations of Drug taking as a youngster. In fact it polled just ahead of the one about two politicians debating and one says to the other “You’re lying” and the other says “I know but hear me out.” There seems to be this illusion that before politicians became politicians they were either “doing an honest days work from 6 Am to night for a pittance of pay” or they were working for some big multinational. They seem to be in denial that they had a past and to suggest something like drug taking would be political suicide….or would it?
Take for example Louise Mensch, yes ok she’s a conservative, but you have to admire the way she handled the rather pathetic attempt at deflection by a group calling themselves “David Jones investigative Journalists” who I suspect are based in an office in Wapping somewhere. Who sent an email both to Mensch and to a few hacks in other places, not to mention senior conservatives and probably to a few others. In it the email alledges that:
- Mensch was seen Taking drugs in the company of violinist Nigel Kennedy at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham “including dancing on a dance floor, whilst drunk, with Mr Kennedy, in front of journalists”.
- Writing a novel “of a sexual nature” on her EMI work computer during working hours, leading to EMI terminating her employment.
- In the resulting novel, basing a character on her line manager Roger Lewis, and making “derogatory references” to this character.