There is no punchline to the aforementioned headline…unless you have a particularly skewed sense of humour. However in reading back over a number of blogs and news articles from a few years ago, it struck me as interesting how many political scandals there have been and how some people seem to walk away from scandals (generally of their own making) relatively unscathed and go on to forge successful careers.
The following is a brief list of political scandals from the past few years. It’s not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it an in-depth analysis of international political scandals. If anything, for the cynics among you, it might bring a smile to your face at the absurdity of politics and the individuals we sometimes elect to public office…
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I had a ring-side seat for this one. I began my Thomas Whalen internship on March 10 2008 in the New York State Assembly, coincidentally the same day that Eliot Spitzer was revealed to be ‘Client Number 9′ of the now infamous Emperors Club VIP. Starting on my first day with no first-hand experience of American politics I found university text books to be insufficient preparation for what lay ahead.
What fascinated me wasn’t so much the salacious elements of the scandal itself although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find the whole situation incredibly compelling, but the human element of the story, quite aside from the political ramifications were something else. The embarrassment for his family, his party colleagues and his entire cabinet was far-reaching and not a little devastating. READ MORE »