Harry makes some good points:
If I were his lawyer, I would point out that using a government office for having sex with his secretary was far less ruinous for Britain than how he might otherwise have been using it. While Prescott was harmlessly fucking his secretary, the rest of the cabinet were probably hatching schemes to make us all line up and be fingerprinted. Put it this way: would you rather he was shafting his secretary, or the nation? We got off lightly.
I would go further: I would say that screwing his secretary is his main achievement since taking office, and one of the things that sets him apart from monomaniacs and cyborgs like Blair, Brown and Straw. Blair would no more fuck his secretary than he would read a novel. Why? Because he’s a lunatic and a freak, with no more sense of proportion than a Saudi cleric. Brute that he is, Prescott is one of the few members of the establishment who is still recognisably earthling.
It’s worth reading in full. Of course Harry’s argument would also apply to many US politicians.
UPDATE: Jim Miller and Helen Szamuely make strong criticisms in the comments and they are right. I confess to being guilty in this post of doing what I have criticized other people for doing in their discussions of American politicians like Bill Clinton, and that is to brush off very serious abuses of power by framing the issue as being primarily about someone’s sexual peccadillos.