Sewel's shame; RECORD VIEW.
WHEN it comes to fulfilling the terms for a tabloid sting, Lord Sewel has ticked all the boxes.
Caught on video romping with hookers, allegedly snorting illegal drugs, whinging about making do on a PS300-a-day allowance and writing a cheque for services rendered, the peer in charge of standards at the House of Lords insisted on having all the cliches included.
Lord Sewel was in charge of tough new rules of conduct in the House of Lords. But it appears he has fallen below the standards of personal conduct he might expect of his peers.
He was once famous for the legislative procedure that allows laws in Holyrood and Westminster to run in synch.
It was called "the Sewel Motion" but he'll be remembered for a completely different kind of motion now.
With his career and personal life in ruins, Lord Sewel's personal disgrace is as nothing to the stain he leaves on an already-riddled reputation of the House of Lords.
The Sewel case is evidence, if it were needed, that the out-of-date, unelected, house of privilege is way beyond being useful.
That someone like Lord Sewel is in office and in charge of so-called standards is a joke - and a pretty sleazy one at that.