The Issues That Matter

The Mail on Sunday devoted a lot of space to Mr Prescott’s difficulties, and printed excerpts from the diaries of Ms Tracey Temple, and one entry refers to “phone sex” with Mr Prescott. But in the “news” article that accompanied these extracts, “phone sex” had become “coldly sordid phone sex”. So is it that in the world of the Mail on Sunday all phone sex is coldly sordid, by definition, so that “coldly sordid phone sex” is tautologous (and therefore redundant), or was the paper suggesting that there are (at least) two kinds of phone sex, the coldly sordid kind and (let’s say) the warmly uplifting kind, but that they had reason to think that this was the former variety (even though the diary remained strictly neutral on this point)?

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