Thursday, January 25, 2007

Power is the great aphrodisiac

Today's revelation that Gordon Brown has been voted one of the World's 100 Sexiest Men calls to mind a notorious episode in the recent history of political journalism when a couple of female ITN lobby hacks drew up a list of the "20 most shaggable men in the Lobby."

It was topped by the then Sun Political Editor Trevor Kavanagh (pictured), who may or may not have been the sexiest man in the Lobby (I wouldn't know, dearie) but who was certainly, at the time, the most powerful.

The list later became bitterly controversial after the New Statesman columnist Paul Routledge wrongly attributed it to Julia Hartley-Brewer, now of the Sunday Express, who fashioned the memorable retort: "I didn't know there were any shaggable men in the Lobby."

For the record, I came 17th, a fact that, for some reason, Routledge seemed to find a great deal more interesting than who came 2nd or 3rd.

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5 comments:

Turbulent Cleric said...

Good grief, Paul. That is excellent news. I am filled with hope. Gordon at 97 - there's hope for me even if I have been described as a cross between Christopher Lee and Bernard Manning

Jonathan Sheppard said...

17th out of?

Thats knockedout even before the quarterfinals

stalin's gran said...

I think Ms Hartley-Brewer's observation may have been more a reflection of whether any wanted to shag her.

Inamicus said...

think Paul's successor would be well placed on the female list...

Paul Linford said...

Oh, get over it, Greg....