Grey man of politics began the thaw in Anglo-Irish relations
When Edwina Currie went public on her four-year affair with former British Prime Minister John Major (right), there were some who flippantly argued it did the image of the so-called "grey man" of British politics no harm at all. They argued it added a much-needed frisson to what was perceived as his rather dull and plodding persona.
Edwina, a former Tory party MP and junior minister, was hawking around her memoirs at the time, and some suggested she went into more detail than seemed ladylike in the circumstances.
But, as the cynics might say, she had a book to sell. What better way to give sales a gee-up than do the TV talk shows, recounting how you've written a tell-all tale about some fun and frolics you had with the man in Number 10, Downing Street.