The anatomy of a scandal that sticks


From Sponsorship to Senate spending ... from Munsinger, to Gouzenko, to Delisle, to Airbus ... From spies, to sex, to money. Canada has had its scandals. But one nation on the other side of the Atlantic is embroiled in a scandal involving all of the above and more, infuriating the people of the Czech Republic. Mercifully for the politicians not all scandals are scintillating. So what makes a scandal stick?

Global Radio News Reporter, Jacy Meyer

If the scent of scandal is intoxicating, this season has been inebriating. In some of the highest offices of this country, there are allegations of drug use ... charges of fraud and bribery ... inappropriate expense claims and criminal investigations into how they were repaid.

Then there are the allegations the US Government spies on just about everyone. But as salacious as they might be, none of them can touch what's going on in the Czech Republic ... where allegations of corruption, abuse of state power, spying and infidelity have just brought down a Prime Minister. As scandals go, this one covers a lot of bases.

Resignation amid scandal -- The Economist

We hope to better understand what makes a good scandal and what can be learned from scandals that just won't go away.

Jacy Meyer is a reporter with Global Radio News. She was in Prague in the Czech Republic.

Panel: Michael Bate / Alison Dagnes

With some thoughts on what makes a good scandal, and what the best ones teach us about ourselves, we were joined by two guests.

Michael Bate used to edit the Ottawa edition of Frank, the satirical magazine known for its merciless coverage of Canadian politicians. He plans to relaunch Frank as an online magazine next fall. He was in Ottawa.

Alison Dagnes is a political science professor at Shippensburg University and the co-editor of Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals. She was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Vanessa Greco.

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