The corruption of political and social discourse

Brendan O’Neill has done it again with another spot-on column in the Telegraph. He writes:

I have a dream that one day I will open a newspaper and not see any articles about pervy priests or leering politicians. I know what you’re thinking: if only priests would stop perving and politicians would stop leering then perhaps we wouldn’t have to read about them. I think it’s more complicated than that. I think the omnipotence of sexual abuse scandals in public and political debate is not down to the fact that men in positions of power are now more wicked and warped than they were at any point in history. Rather it reflects the extent to which accusations of sexual impropriety have become the key currency of political and moral infighting, the main means through which one dents institutions and people that one detests.

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