In the rock-and-roll summer of 1963 the British media was rocked by the revelation that the respected cabinet minister, John Profumo, had been having an affair with the model, actress and high society call-girl Christine Keeler. His misdemeanour was aggravated by the fact that Keeler was also seeing Yevgeny Ivanov, an official from the Soviet Embassy and suspected KGB agent. The possibility was seriously considered that Keeler was a "honey trap" and that Ivanov was squeezing her for state secrets that she might have picked up from Profumo. This launched a new era in the history of journalism which we know all too well today, that of "political sleaze". The 50th anniversary of the Profumo Affair raises an important question because the BBC have devoted a story to mark the occasion, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22778481. But when all's said and done Jack Profumo was having sex with a consenting adult. My question is: why was the Profumo Affair covered so thoroughly by the media, yet this is not: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/feb/26/liberals-cyril-smith-abuse-allegations. Which do you think most deserves to be called a "scandal"?