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The Decline of Sleaze?

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‘Sleaze’ as a noun is defined as ‘tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar’. [1] Over the last 20 or so years the term has been used with reference to many scandals within government and politics. John Major’s 1993 ‘Back to Basics’ [2] speech was designed to promote trust in the government, but it ‘backfired when ministers became embroiled in sex scandals’. [3] Years later, he was further embarrassed when his own affair with Edwina Curry become front page news. [4]