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Porn embarrassment may be tip of iceberg for British Home Secretary

Minister’s job in doubt, husband’s viewing habits exposed after dirty movies charged to public purse


 

Opposition politicians and editorialists keep saying it’s about more than dirty movies. But Britain’s Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is both a lightning rod and a laughingstock today after an investigation into expense irregularities revealed that her husband Richard Timney had been watching pay-per-view porn, which his wife then charged to the taxpayers. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is backing Smith—but for how long? The expenses probe has also found that she claimed about Cdn$75,000 for her sister’s home in south London as if it were her own primary residence.

Bloomberg.com


 
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