The admission by former Liberal Democrat Party Treasurer Lord Razzall, that he was offered cash for peerages "several times a year" over a period of twelve years but failed to report any of these criminal offences threatens to take the lid back off one Westminster's most unseemly and nocuous can of worms of recent decades: cash for honours.
Chinese corruption has come under the spotlight in a big way this month. Accusations that the wife of Bo Xilai, one of China's top politicians, is behind the death of British businessman Neil Heywood have also led to allegations of the couple's corruption.
It appears the phone hacking scandal occupying the UK's news pages for the past few months may have been merely the preliminary act. The main event could well be the graft and corruption probe that now seems to be linking the Sun newspaper to numbers of Metropolitan Police officers and other public officials.