Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minster of Canada and up for re-election in a few weeks' time, is being much maligned and on the front pages of even our newspapers for having darkened his face and worn a turban to attend a fancy dress party with the theme of "Arabian Nights."
That was 18 years ago when he was a teacher and before he entered active politics. I suppose as the son of a previous prime minister he needed even then to be extra careful, but I can't for the life of me see that there was all that much inappropriate about it.
On a scale of one to ten rating errors of taste, judgement, morality and suitability for high office how would it rank alongside our own prime minister who:
- as a student was a member of a club that thought it was fun to book meals at posh restaurants and then trash the place;
- was sacked from an early job as a reporter for sending in stories that were untrue;
- was sacked from his party's front bench for lying to his leader about an extra-marital affair;
- is alleged to be required to support several illegitimate children;
- according to the latest revelations (via David Cameron's book) probably believes that the UK should remain in the EU, but calculated that supporting Leave in the EU Referendum would better endear him to the party faithful and so strengthen his chance of becoming prime minister;
- peddled all sorts of misinformation in the referendum campaign;
- still can't stop lying. The latest concrete example is that, a few days before he engineered the prorogation of parliament, he claimed that such an action was not even being considered, and then a paper was released which revealed that he had signed off on the idea two weeks earlier;
- and, whatever the courts decide about the legality of the affair, who can seriously believe that his purpose in proroguing parliament was to provide time to prepare a new Queen's Speech, rather than to prevent parliament from monitoring the government's actions at this most critical time?
Fingers crossed to Mr Trudeau's and the Canadian Liberal party's re-election.