Saturday 18 November 2017

Bonkers... a very British scandal

It was an old-school tabloid sting that caught Lord Coke with his pants down

Sun on Sunday's major scalp: Lord Sewel
Sun on Sunday's major scalp: Lord Sewel

Joe O'Shea

It's 'A Very British Sex-Scandal' - a fruity-voiced peer of the realm, some light cross-dressing, prostitutes, class-A drugs and the popular press out for blood. The Sun on Sunday can claim its first big scalp, using the kind of old-school, hidden-camera stunt which had been the trademark of its previous incarnation, The News of the World.

And with disgraced peer Lord Sewel (eventually) apologising and resigning from the House of Lords - to avoid "damaging an institution I hold dear" - the scandal has reached its expected conclusion.

There is still the little matter of the police investigation (Lord Sewel's grace-and-favour London apartment was searched by serious crime detectives some 24-hours after the story broke).

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