Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Back In The Closet

It may seem like whimsy of genius, but this is from the BBC not The Onion:

The Minneapolis airport toilet where US senator Larry Craig was arrested for allegedly soliciting gay sex is now attracting tourists, say airport staff.

"People are taking pictures," Karen Evans, an information officer at Minneapolis-St Paul international airport, told Associated Press.

Mr Craig, a Republican from Idaho, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct over the toilet incident.

He now says the plea was a mistake and is trying to have it withdrawn.

Depending on the outcome of the case, Mr Craig may reverse his earlier decision to resign by the end of September.

Mr Craig was arrested on 11 June by an undercover airport police officer.

Now it seems that tourists passing through the airport cannot resist the temptation to have a look at the scene.

"We had to just stop and check out the bathroom," said Sally Westby of Minneapolis, on her way to Guatemala with her husband Jon.

"In fact, it's Jon's second time - he was here last week already."

Also from the beyond satire file, I read in the Standard yesterday that Brian Paddick is likely to be the Lib Dem candidate for mayor of London; the Camp Commander, Bonking Boris Johnson, and Red Ken Livingstone duking it out is unlikely to be edifying, but at least it won't be dull.