...as planned. In fact it probably couldn't have gone worse for them. Revenge, for that's what the Newsnight “investigation” they actually showed was.
...circle. As a trio of the smarmiest, most patronising, bumbling excuses for politicians get caught up in another scandal it resembles the fag end of the previous regime but done much bigger and much better.
...scapegoat. Or indeed a victim of any sort of ism or a class war, he was the chief pig with his own special trough who over saw the piglets and all they were up to from the high table.