Articles Tagged 'Infamous British Political Scandals'

Infamous British Political Scandals: Expenses and the ‘Rotten Parliament’

  With tonight’s final episode of State of Play (10p/9c), we also offer our final installment of Infamous British Political Scandals. For now, anyway. American politicians aren’t the only ones who get in trouble for abusing government expense accounts. In 2009, The Daily Telegraph ran a series of articles over several weeks detailing expense filings, […]

Infamous British Political Scandals: ‘Cash for Honours’

  “Follow the money.” It’s always about cash, even in political scandals, as we see in this week’s installment of Infamous British Political Scandals. Think of the “Cash for Honours” furor as England’s version of the Rod Blagojevich scandal writ large – and perhaps with white wigs replacing the Illinois governor’s famous hairdo. Blagojevich was […]

Christine Keeler

Infamous British Political Scandals: The Profumo Affair

Anglophenia’s look at British political scandals, occasioned by the series State of Play (airing Wednesdays at 10/9c), continues with a look at what many people would consider to be the mother of all modern British scandals: the Profumo Affair, which combined sex, politics and Cold War espionage. In 1961, Secretary of State for War John […]

Infamous British Political Scandals: The Curious Case of John Stonehouse

As BBC America airs the drama State of Play (Wednesdays, 10p/9c), Anglophenia takes a look back at some of Britain’s most explosive real-life political scandals. Here’s our second installment: Even among British political and spy scandals, John Stonehouse’s story stands out as unusually bizarre. Elected as a Labor MP in 1957, he rose to become […]

Infamous British Political Scandals: ‘Spingate’

  Sometimes it seems as if Americans take a curious sort of pride in the shame of our government’s chicanery, like the Watergate, Iran-Contra or Teapot Dome scandals – perhaps that pride is in the exposure of the complicated depths of wrongdoing, even if we often fail to learn our lessons, or even, sometimes, to […]