Behaviour at highest level beggars belief

What chance us lesser mortals in society leading blameless lives given the examples set by MPs, the big boys of business, and of course our troubled sportsmen and possibly women.

The behaviour of some senior MP’s in Westminster is perhaps the worst example of them all, especially after two of our previously well-respected were cleared by a parliamentary body of any wrong-doing - a body set up by one of them. It all beggars belief, but sadly to be expected of our elected members who seem to have learned nothing from the expenses scandal that rocked the nation.

What appals me most is the breathtaking arrogance whose only apology is not for abusing the system, but deep regret at getting caught.

The matter is surely not dead, as the poor ill-informed public have the right to know just exactly what is going on in our parliament with our time and money.

We then had the motor industry trying to pull the wool over our eyes by fiddling omission levels.

But for me as a dedicated sports buff the saddest spectacle in this troubled society is to see my idols fall from grace after taking drugs in order to improve their performances on the world stage. Like many I chose to believe that seven-times winner of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong was clean and not capable of cheating on his fellow athletes. Indeed I took a lot of convincing of his guilt and like the disgraced.

I now hold my breath in fear of more revelations of drug-taking in all the sports I hold dear, including my top four favourite pastimes athletics, cricket, soccer and rugby.

My biggest apprehension is that there is worse to come, not least in athletics where all the indications are that a big story is about to break, probably involving one or two of the best-known athletes on the planet.

But before I get too sanctimonious let me reveal that in 1959 my own club in the Scottish Borders took pep pills before the final of their own seven-a-side tournament, issued by the club doctor, and got away with it. The team did pay a penalty later in the day after winning the competition for the first time in the history of the club.

Failure to be told of the after-effects led to most of the magnificent seven keeling over before the celebrations were fully under way when drink was taken. Major hangovers were the order of the day, including the rest of us who were proud to be part it, seeing no wrong in taking just one pill.

But times have moved on, and sadly much more is to come in respect of politicians, business and sports people and their wrong- doings.