Lord of misrule

The Lord Sewel affair highlights the unfortunate weakness from which people in pubic life seem to suffer: the idea that somehow they can get away with behaviour that they would condemn in other people. Is it the feeling of power that goes to their head, or do they just take leave of their senses?

It is truly bizarre when somebody who is Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Chair of the committee responsible for maintaining standards and who was instrumental in drafting standards for members of the house, gets himself filmed in a compromising situation involving drugs and prostitutes.

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