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Curse of those '80s cop films.

Byline: matt withers

INTRIGUED by the case of Marc Scaife - the hapless Labour Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, currently being investigated by the party in respect of a foul-mouthed answerphone message which has made its way onto YouTube.

A man who identifies himself as Mr Scaife - also chairman of Burry Port Town Band - left the message as he was dismayed with a teenage member of his group who had to pull out of a trip to Libya at the last minute.

He informed the 19-year-old of this by leaving messages on his phone describing him as a "f****** idiot" and, intriguingly, warning him that he better "sort it out or expect a call from MI5".

But best of, he signs off with the words "wise up, s***head".

Now, here's a thing: politicians, when the microphone's off, swear. That's no big secret. Sometimes, even journalists have been known to utter the odd cuss word.

So it's not the nature of the blue language which baffles about the man behind the message, but the words he chooses to employ.

"Wise up, s***head". Where did he learn to swear? Watching 1980s cop movies?
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 30, 2009
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