Something I hadn’t realised about the whole Scott thing. I was just about reading Private Eye while the trial was going on but they’ve always been a bit cryptic. You need to have a reasonable background knowledge of the scene before you can get what they’re writing about in any particular week.
I was, and in fact was until this morning, under the impression that the trial in the late 70s was all about stuff that had taken place in the mid 70s. Not so. The “affair” was in the early 60s and Scott had been dogging (not, perhaps, le mot juste here) Thorpe ever since. In fact, living off him through a series of payments that could, if you squint, be thought of as payments to not tell. We have a word for that although it escapes me at present.
No real point here, I just didn’t know that.