Is NHS patronage another sign of sleaze?BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6963.1188a (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1188
- J Warden
Long ago MPs were obliged to abandon Westminster from May till October because the River Thames smelt so foul. This week, as parliament was prorogued until the Queen's speech on 16 November, its members retreated thankfully not from the smell of the river but from the smell of sleaze. Sleaze has been the talk of British political life over the past few weeks. It is a conveniently imprecise term, conveying the smell rather than the substance of corruption over undisclosed payments to MPs and free hospitality in the Paris Ritz.
Typically of British scandals, it had more of comedy about it than of crisis - even though it brought the resignation of two junior ministers and …