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‘Fessing up to drug use, the Mensch way

29 July 2011

2:27 PM

29 July 2011

2:27 PM

Just the thing to liven up a slow news day: a response from the Tory backbencher Louise
Mensch to a series of insinuating points put to her by "David Jones Investigative Journalists". The points were all about her time working at the record company EMI in the 90s; about her
drug use, night-clubbing habits, that sort of thing. And she has answered them in marvellously unapologetic fashion. You can — and should — read the whole exchange here, although Mensch’s response to the question of whether
she "took drugs with Nigel Kennedy at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham, including dancing on a dance floor, whilst drunk, with Mr Kennedy, in front of journalists," is worth pulling out:

"Although I do not remember the specific incident, this sounds highly probable. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nigel Kennedy, whom I remember with affection. Additionally, since I was
in my twenties, I’m sure it was not the only incident of the kind; we all do idiotic things when young. I am not a very good dancer and must apologise to any and all journalists who were forced
to watch me dance that night at Ronnie Scott’s."

What a way for Mensch to cap off a hyperactive couple of weeks in which she has tangled with Piers Morgan and generally pushed and probed
on the phone hacking scandal. There may be more significant phone hacking-related news today, such as the forthcoming resignation of the head of the Press Complaints Commission, or the speculation that James Murdoch is to be dragged out in front of MPs again. But for this
little slice of honesty and defiance, Mensch deserves some praise. So, as Alex puts it, hats off.


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