'a champagne-swilling adulterer with a liking for group sex', according to the front page of every paper in Scotland today. (Noticeably absent from the Guardian and other nationals - we really are an add-on, aren't we? I'd have thought this was every journalists dream. Sleaze, politics and sunbeds.)
For those of you unfamiliar with the golden-skinned Sheridan, he is or was the leader of the Scottish Socialist Party - rent-a-ranter for every demo and march I ever attended, and famous for campaigning to save our beloved Glasgow tanning salons. He was also, as far as I have heard in my brief brushes with the edges of politics, a conscientous and principled man. The SSP were the only councillors to refuse junkets offered by...one of my previous employers.
So he likes group sex. He cheated on his wife, perhaps. What the fuck has that got to do with his work? It's between he and she, and nothing to do with politics. The same goes for every political sex scandal ever 'exposed'. The only question I have is why such a disproportionate number of MPs and presidents get tangled up and tripped over by their ravenous sexual appetites. Is this part of the personality of a politico? Or is it just that if you dig deep enough, everyone is kinky underneath? We love to crow at the sleaze, but are we all really so lily-white and honourable ourselves?