POP QUIZ: SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOUR
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I know it seems unlikely, but some people behave even worse than I do.
And, for the most part, we LOVE that about them. Nothing sells papers more than a nice juicy scandal, and the 24 hour news stations are perfectly happy to spend their whole broadcast schedule reviewing the same salacious details over and over again.
So, in an effort to perpetuate that terrible behaviour, I’ve posed for you ten questions about terrible political behaviour. Dive into the muck and see if you can answer these:
1) In 1963, what was the name of the woman with whom British Secretary Of State For War John Profumo had a steamy affair, only to later find out that her other boyfriend was a Soviet spy? The story was told in the 1989 film ‘Scandal’ starring John Hurt and Joanne Whalley.
2) Who drowned at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, after a car driven by Senator Edward ‘Teddy’ Kennedy drove off a bridge and into a tidal pool?
3) What US President’s administration weathered the ‘Teapot Dome’ scandal, in which officials took bribes from corporations seeking access to strategic oil reserves?
4) The “King-Byng” affair, in 1926, was a constitutional crisis in which The Governor General of Canada, Lord Bing Of Vimy (which is an awesome title, by the way) refused Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s request to do what?
5) In 1995, Brian Mulroney and top members of his cabinet were alleged by the RCMP to have accepted bribes from what manufacturer of air planes, in exchange for approving an Air Canada contract to purchase several top-line jets?
6) What name was given to the supposed wild sex-orgy parties attended by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi?
7) In the US Presidential election of 2000 between George W Bush and Al Gore, much of the confusion was caused by small tabs of paper on some Florida ballots, which were intended to be detached from the ballot in the voting booth but which had remained partially attached in many cases. What were the tenacious little tabs of paper called?
8) When South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went ‘missing’ for six days in 2009, it was eventually revealed that he had been visiting a mistress. What outdoor activity did the governor claim to have been undertaking, before the truth came out?
9) The Gomery commission investigated which Canadian political scandal, in which the Federal Liberal Party was said to have misused public funds in the province of Quebec?
10) “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored.” This double-dog-dare of a statement was made to the press by which 1988 Presidential hopeful, who in short order was discovered to be cheating on his wife with Donna Rice aboard a yacht called ‘The Monkey Business’?