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Amid the scandals now besetting the government as a result of the brilliant Tom Bower, one thing is noticeable: virtually none of it has anything to do with construction or property, save the little matter of the Mandelson mortgage.

Passports, DTI grants, offshore tax havens - it is all a reminder of the old maxim that for the Right, scandal flows from sex; for the Left it flows from money. Some will remember the Harold Wilson slagheap affair, where contaminated land mysteriously escalated in value as a result of political help.

These days, land of this sort is still causing trouble. When will Bower start work on the curious case of the Millennium Dome - and its even more curious accounting and valuation procedures?

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