From my article in The Sunday Times today:

“I bet the reference to masturbation in the headline attracted your attention perhaps more than if yet another one of my articles was headlined with another varia­tion on the theme of corruption. That’s how the criminals want it. They’d rather you think of them bent double in a bed they made in a drug rehab facility in Arizona that charges per night more than you spend in a month, than think of them bribing, bullying and fornicating their way to power and wealth.

“Having said that, a long-standing sexual affair bet­ween a government minister and a business owner negotia­ting public procurement contracts and complex deve­lopment permits is not a private matter.”

Read the full article here.