The “text-and-tell” replaces the “kiss-and-tell”
In the 1990s Sunday morning’s began with the nation rushing to the newsstands to see which politician and personality was the latest to fall victim to a “kiss-and-tell” by some lover or other that they’d failed to leave their husband or wife for.
Organised by the likes of Max Clifford (now rather ironically himself convicted and jailed for sex offences), the “kiss-and-tell” commanded huge sums to those who partook in them the likes of Antonia de Sancha and Bienvenida Buck were amongst those to make their names from them.
This weekend, however, the term has evolved to reflect the modern era and in his announcement that he will resign at the next election, Brooks Newmark MP declared that the “text-and-tell” story he had been involved in was the reason for his decision. Times and language may change, but one thing will remain the same: In a hundred years politicians will still be resigning for just the same reasons.
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