Sending pictures of one’s privates is a dumb move

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There’s an old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

There are also too many to mention about flattery, old age, middle-aged men and honey traps.

Following on from the recent revelation of honey trap spies sent to test our undercover agents to see whether they could withstand the charms of the opposite sex and not spill the beans in the Second World War, we now have a national scandal.

Yep, the honeypots have been at it again. This time it’s a plot involving a sultry looking PR-type (undercover journalist), Twitter and a few MPs.

Okay, here’s the thing. If you’re a middle-aged man in politics, a bit thick around the middle and pudgy in the face, it’s quite likely that, however powerful you think you might be, anyone making a play for your affections will be doing it for a reason not related to your attractiveness.

The same goes for middle-aged women too.

It’s important to take a long, hard look in the mirror every now and then to remind yourself that the years have passed by and the attentions of someone 20-30 years your junior come at a price.

So when a married MP is caught flirting (that’s mild) and more (not so mild) on social media, you have to wonder what on earth went through their head.

It must be an egotistical fantasy of the scale of a hotel in Dubai, or wonderful self-denial.

What a story one must tell to overcome any reluctance and send pictures of one’s genitalia.

Because, let’s face it, such images are not exactly what you put on the front of Christmas cards, are they?

Although Michelangelo sculpted the naked male form in his beautiful depiction of David, at least he did it using white marble and didn’t subject the masses to the coloured wrinkly reality.

Seriously, sending pictures of one’s privates at any age in life is a dumb move (as witnessed by the celebrities who have had all revealed online).

But doing it when you’re the wrong side of your prime and a member of parliament?

You really should know better.