By Thomas Foster
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Tory sexting scandal highlights crisis at the top

Tory MPs caught in a sexting scandal are the latest symptom of a government in terminal decline.
Issue 2900
Resigned Tory MP William Wragg (Picture: UK Parliament Wikicommons)

Resigned Tory MP William Wragg

Tory MPs caught in a sexting scandal are the latest symptom of a government in terminal decline.

An unknown user sent MPs naked images and then two Tory MPs responded by sending pictures of themselves.

The initial images were sent to politicians as part of a “phishing attack”—intended to gather compromising information on a person.

And some Tories eagerly complied. The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky wrote that the dying days of the Tsar’s regime in 1917 involved a “crowned hooliganism” at the top of society.

And rulers in a death spiral have some features in common. Similar scandals hit John Major—Tory prime minister in the 1990s—before the Labour landslide in the 1997 general election.

Another sign of the end is that so far 63 Tory MPs are standing down ahead of the next general election—the rats are fleeing the sinking ship.

When a ruling clique goes under, wrote Trotsky, its leading figures “make the impression of people who are overburdened by their job, but at the same time unwilling to give up even a part of those rights of which they are unable to make any use”.

Tory MPs today seek to secure their futures, plunder the last chances for enrichment and think only of self-preservation.

As they lurch from scandal to scandal in the final convulsions of a government in crisis, it should be our task to push them firmly over the edge.

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