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Beyond the Nuclear: Of Bigots and Archbishops...

Date:18 SEP 2012

Duncan RantonWatergate has a lot to answer for. Those old enough to remember or with an interest in modern US history should skip to the next paragraph. For everyone else "Watergate" was the name given to a political scandal in the 1970s. It followed a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex. Then President Nixon was implicated in the events and later resigned.

Particularly in recent years it has become fashionable to attach the suffix "-gate" to any story with undertones of unethical behaviour and / or cover-up. To say this has become clichéd is an understatement. We have had to endure amongst others:  Flakegate (Anthea Turner promoting Cadbury's chocolate at her wedding); Camillagate (the taped conversation between the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles) and Hackgate (the ongoing enquiry that the now defunct News of the World hacked various answersphones) - these are but three of literally hundreds.

The latest "-gate" to hit the...

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