The latest case in point is Louise Mensch, the 41-year-old MP for Corby*, who admitted taking Class A drugs in her youth when she was on Question Time on Thursday.
Today she is reported in the Telegraph as saying: ‘It is something that I regret incredibly, that, in my youth, I messed with my brain.’
It is her use of that word ‘incredibly’ that jars, or does she really think that her apology is ‘so implausible as to elicit disbelief’ which is the dictionary definition of the word incredible.
Or perhaps she is absolutely correct in assuming that the public will question the sincerity of her contrition.
What was truly incredible about the programme was the inclusion of Johnny Rotten as one of the panelists.
I know the BBC like to include people on the programme who aren’t politicians, but the producers must have been on some of those Class A drugs if they thought John Lydon would be the voice of common sense.
It was embarrassing. Not only did he interrupt the others panelists every five seconds, he also irritated the audience by diving in with his opinions halfway through their questions.
As one of woman said, ‘John I love ya but will ya let me finish?’ The Telegraph is right; Lydon played the part of the pub bore.
* Two interesting things about Corby: It is the largest town in Europe not to have a railway station, but it has a crater on Mars named after it. (Craters on Mars are named after places beginning with the letter C, including Cádiz, Crewe, Canberra, Cairns and Charleston.)