All the recent mudslinging and crazed waving of arms that characterised federal politics before, as Tony Abbott admitted on Lateline tonight, the government decided to flick the switch away from vaudeville and try to restore its image as an, erm, actual government, lacked one key ingredient. That is, a key ingredient for actually being interesting. A spicy sex scandal. While tedious and hypocritical accusations about character are the stock in play of post-Kennedy American politics, the Brits have always done the crazed sex(y) scandal with more style. Most recently, for reasons that are totally unapparent to me, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader and Montgomeryshire MP Lembit Öpik has been in trouble for starting a relationship with Romanian pop singer Gabriela Irimia, one half of The Cheeky Girls. Tabloid reports suggest the MP was having a lively old time while still seeing his previous weather presenter fiancee. Local Lib Dems are unhappy, while party leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, has ruled out dumping the MP who’s campaigned strongly for more awareness of the possibility of dire asteroid collisions with the Earth.
Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik has said his relationship with Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia is “a meeting of minds”.
The romance has raised eyebrows in Westminster and Mr Opik readily admitted they are “the oddest couple in Britain”.
But he told Hello! magazine: “Gabi is insightful, bright, sharp, challenging, very funny and pretty strong-minded. She challenges me intellectually, and she demands respect as a person just because of who she is.
“Our relationship is not based on lust – it’s primarily a relationship of intellect, a meeting of minds, and that I find really interesting and attractive.”
It wasn’t on my to-do list to date a Cheeky Girl – Lembit Opik
Miss Irimia, 24, shot to fame with twin sister Monica and their 2002 hit The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum).