Polish photographer Maciej Dakowicz’s holiday snaps of sunny Cardiff-by-Sea may have embarrassed us, but came as no surprise to those who have walked Britain’s streets after dark.
We may all have had a sneaking suspicion that politicians were a corrupt lot, the Telegraph’s tumbrils carting them off to the unwelcome glare of publicity only reinforced an underlying belief that they were not acting in our interests, we just weren’t sure how they were doing it.
The Church, Catholic variety so far, contains hundreds of paedophiles.
RAF officers are a different kettle of fish. We may have had a vague idea that sailors got up to no good in port, that the army might contain a few ruffians, but the RAF? The heroes of the Battle of Britain, those fine upstanding characters in their immaculate uniforms?
Prepare for disillusionment.
Detailed information on 500 senior officers was on three computer hard drives ‘lost’ from RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire, last September.
An internal MoD memo written at the time said: ‘This information included details of criminal convictions, investigations, precise details of debt, medical conditions, drug abuse, use of prostitutes, extra-marital affairs including the names of third parties.
Senior RAF officers have criminal convictions? Drug habits? Use prostitutes? 500 of them?
They haven’t been court martialed? Reduced to the ranks? Performing jankers?
The MoD said it had acted to ensure those affected were informed as quickly as possible, but had been reluctant to release ‘unnecessarily detailed information about the nature of the data’. It defended its decision to withhold the information from parliament as the loss occurred during the summer recess when parliament was not in session. The latest information came out when parliament is also not in session.
Anarchy is fast becoming a reasonable political alternative. Britain has lost the plot.