The best of Britain's industrial day's may well be behind us, but when it comes down to good old-fashioned grubbiness, were still the World leaders.
It's truely a mystery as to why America, with all the in-bred, skull-faced, idiot, hicks we all like to watch (with clinical interest) on 'Springer', aren't able to come up with a better scandal to cover their tabloids than the Clinton/Lewinski thing.
So, the President shags a girl. Is that really so scandalous?
Lets face it, the American's haven't had a proper - really grubby - criminal celebrity since Roscoe Arbuckle.
Maybe it's because the average American still has a certain amount of misguided respect for their politicians and entertainers. Maybe; but I doubt it.
OK, so in recent years there have been a few American contenders...I couldn't help but laugh at Rob Lowe's futile attempts to get off the civil case brought against him after his videotaped love affair with a 16 year old girl by pleading that he addicted to sex. That was funny. As was Paul 'Pee Wee Herman' Reuben's arrest in the Florida adult entertainment center, in 1991 - when he was caught servicing himself during a showing of 'Naughty Nurses'.
Twisted face. Twisted mind?