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Monday, 22 March 2010

Conservatives cheat more

On the one hand, today's news that those looking for affairs are more likely to be Conservatives seems eminently surprising. After all, this is the party of tradition and family values, back-to-basics and church on Sundays.

But the results, from IllicitEncounters.com, which provides a forum for married couples to cheat on their spouse (marvellous what capitalism churns out isn't it?), are not as surprising as you might think. For a start, remember that sex scandals usually ruin Tory careers, while Labour careers are crippled by financial scandals.

Secondly, and as the website's CEO Adam Scott points out, Tory voters are usually more ambitious and wealthier than their Labour or Lib Dem counterparts. The ambitious are less likely to put up with the faults in their current relationship, and the wealthy are more likely to able to afford an affair. Never forget, affairs are pricey – it's like starting to date all over again, but with added hotel costs. And that's not even mentioning the money you'll haemorrhage on court orders when you inevitably get caught.

What we weren't quite expecting was the higher showing for the Greens and Ukip. Sorry, but that stumps us. Feel free to send in suggestions.

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