This Dalrymple one smart fellow:
Scandal delights us because it lendsWe in Britain? We in lots of countries.
respectability to our prurience and allows us to indulge in the most
pleasurable of all emotions: righteous indignation. Scandal also reveals
important or successful people to have feet of clay and thereby soothes
our resentment at not being important or successful ourselves. It is
therefore not surprising that we in Britain are good at it.