I wouldn’t give anyone a private life.
But the Finnish prime minister’s alcohol-soaked antics looked more like a teenager rampaging on Mykonos after his high school results than a serious world leader.
In the last few days we’ve been seeing videos of married Sanna Marin slow dancing with a handsome pop star and rubbing on a miniskirt model.
Perhaps most shocking was the leaked image of topless women kissing in the bathroom of the Prime Minister’s official residence.
That’s what I call a party gate.
The fun-loving PM was close to tears on Wednesday as she defended herself, insisting she was “human too” and complaining that “this week hasn’t been easy”.
People around the world have rushed to defend the 36-year-old’s right to party.
A social media campaign was even launched by women posting their own dance videos in sympathy for Sanna.
That’s all very well, but I can’t help but wonder what impact this would have had on our own Prime Minister. It’s not hard to recall the butt-faced excitement over Boris Johnson’s warm glass of wine in his garden.
The outrage at the soggy sausage rolls and the Sauvignon was palpable.
Reports from so-called “parties” embroiled his government in a seemingly unshakable scandal that eventually led to the prime minister being ousted from office by his own MPs.
Yes I know Boris broke his own rules during a time of lockdown.
But can you imagine the public reaction if Boris had two topless women in his toilet?
Sanna Marin’s exuberant party reminds me of the it girls of the 90s.
For a decade, the likes of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Amanda de Cadenet partied, drank fizzy drinks and danced on tables — often with disastrous results.
But the obvious difference is that being an It girl was more or less her job.
You didn’t have to get up in the morning to govern a country of 5.5 million people.
And Sanna’s tenure as Prime Minister comes at a crucial time for her country’s future.
POLITICS IS INCREASINGLY A WORLD OF AUDITING
Finland is on its way to NATO membership as Vladimir Putin threatens it.
The country bordering Russia had applied to join the military alliance in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Finland also has the highest petrol prices of any EU country due to the ongoing war.
To put it mildly, Sanna’s voters have a lot to fear at the moment.
And what might worry her the most is her lack of judgement.
Her ragtag social circle of party-loving influencers and models raises eyebrows.
The truth is that politics is increasingly a world of control.
It’s also a world where it’s difficult for women to make their mark.
But, male or female, Sanna’s demeanor is hardly that of the example we expect from our officers.
Perhaps this “right to party” is something leaders need to put on hold for the duration of their leadership.
Most terms of office last only a few years.
And maybe it’s a lifestyle that just isn’t compatible with being taken seriously as a PM?
If Sanna isn’t careful, the party might soon be over.
NOW OLIVIA GETS HER REVENGE IN STYLES
ACTRESS Olivia Wilde has described the service of custody papers by her ex Jason Sudeikis as “malicious”.
To do justice to the star, she was onstage at the time promoting her new thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April.
The whole ordeal must have been very embarrassing. But Olivia is more than just covering her own back, with a promising directing career and a new relationship with teenage heartthrob Harry Styles.
In a revealing interview with Variety magazine, she said she shares a “deep love” with the pop star, who is ten years her junior.
When it comes to revenge, that must feel pretty sweet.
DEREK IS OLD SCHOOL
I LOVE the story of the pensioner who has become the oldest person in the UK to take a GCSE – at the ripe old age of 92.
Derek Skipper took his GCSE in Mathematics in May and passed with a fifth grade, the highest possible grade on the foundation paper he took.
The proud grandpa of three admitted he was “very, very happy” with his results.
He said: “When I started the course in September it was very low key and I haven’t told anyone I’m even doing it because I thought if I don’t finish it it’ll be embarrassing so I’ve been very quiet until.” at Christmas time.
“I didn’t care about the results, I was just doing it for my own fun.”
It really is the right approach to learning and I love the fact that he embraced it in his 90’s. good for him
Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.
SLAP PLANE IS TERRIBLE
WHEN it comes to misconduct on airplanes, we might expect a bit of drunken harassment from a rowdy bachelor or bachelorette party.
But the footage of an elderly woman punching a Jet2 steward after he allegedly stole her drink is both surprising and a bit depressing.
The woman, who appears to be in her 70s, allegedly became aggressive and hit the employee on the flight from Manchester to Rhodes – all because she wanted her gin and tonic back.
She was then escorted off the flight by police after Jet2 pilots were forced to divert the plane to Munich.
Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it?
AN AGE MADE THE RIGHT
A MAN who admitted to choking a woman he met on Tinder is one of the first in the UK to be jailed under a new non-fatal strangulation law.
Before the new law came into force, Benjamin Flatters, 32, may have only been charged with collective assault. Now he has been sentenced to 34 months in prison.
During the incident, Flatters put his hands on her neck and proceeded to throw the victim’s phone and damage her glasses.
The woman eventually fled the home and asked a neighbor to call 999.
It was obviously a terrible ordeal.
And it would be an understatement to say that this new law, which was only introduced nationwide on June 7, is long overdue.
It was primarily introduced to protect victims of domestic violence.
According to Women’s Aid, on average, a woman is strangled by her partner every two weeks in the UK.
It is also often the cause of death in what is often described by their killers as the result of a “sex game gone awry.”
Almost a third of homicides of women in the UK in 2018 resulted from strangulation or asphyxiation, and numerous studies have shown that non-fatal strangulation is one of the highest predictors of future homicides.
Why did it take them so long to introduce this law?
FAILS A TEST
PRINCE Harry rode to victory in a US charity polo tournament this week and was lauded for his “superstar” game.
But the skills on display weren’t what caught my eye at the Colorado event.
The spoiled prince flew out of California on a £7.6million private jet but the plane sat idle on the tarmac for 30 minutes.
It only took off after two footmen carrying his polo mallets and gear loaded his gear.
So much for being a man of the people.
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