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Quaint [Jan. 22nd, 2006|02:45 pm]
Tony Grist
Mark Oaten, a politician none of us had heard of until the week before last (when he briefly stood as a candidate in the Lib-Dem leadership election) has been visiting a rent boy on a regular basis. The media quaintly describe this as an "affair". Oaten equally quaintly describes it as an "error of judgement".

Even quainter is Oaten's characterisation of himself as a "tough liberal". I wonder if this is the same thing as a "compassionate conservative"? I expect it is.

And that both are much the same thing as an "opportunist".
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2006-01-22 07:59 am (UTC)
Rent Boy?? I have an idea what it might mean, but I'd rather be sure...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-22 08:03 am (UTC)
Male prostitute.

I guess it must be a Britishism. Well I never!
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2006-01-22 09:21 am (UTC)
Well, I feel better knowing my guess was correct. :)
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From: ex_kharin447
2006-01-22 08:00 am (UTC)
"Even quainter is Oaten's characterisation of himself as a "tough liberal". I wonder if this is the same thing as a "compassionate conservative"?"

You may be right but I do get tired of liberals being painted as soft on crime whne they question measures which are obviously detrimental to civil liberties but have a poorly defined relation to effective policing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-22 08:07 am (UTC)
Perhaps I'm being overly cynical.

I certainly know what you mean.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-01-22 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! You, overly cynical????
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-23 03:27 am (UTC)
I know, I know......
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[User Picture]From: pickwick
2006-01-23 03:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was confused by their terminology - haven't read much about it, but I'd assumed that if he was having "an affair" with the bloke, he wasn't paying him?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-23 07:12 am (UTC)
I believe the "affair" was costing him £80 per hour.

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[User Picture]From: pickwick
2006-01-23 08:43 am (UTC)
Oh...right. This is obviously a new meaning of "affair" I hadn't got yet :) Bloody media...
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