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Let's talk about sex: when politicians go carnal

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Just like peanut butter and marmite, politicians and sex don't mix. Or at least they shouldn't. But world leaders are humans just like the rest of us, and sometimes they just can't resist talking dirty.

Sure, it may make our ear canals cringe to hear Tony Blair referencing his animal instincts in the bedroom or listen as Edwina Currie heralds John Major as "a sexy beast... experienced and fun", but that's just life in all its unsavoury glory.

Spurred on by the Education Secretary Michael Gove's recent allusion to "hot sex" (lovely), we take a look at politicians talking naughty over time. Get set to send a shiver up your spine as you delve into the surreal world of public figures chatting hanky panky:

Education Secretary Michael Gove

"I was talking to some young entrepreneurs recently and they said the reason they love London so much is not so much high-tech opportunities but that it’s a fantastic city with great opportunities to be successful, enjoy a great culture, have a good time and loads of hot sex. Only Berlin comes close!"

Former Conservative health minister Edwina Currie

"John Major was a sexy beast. I think his history shows that. He was 19 when he was living with a woman who was 33. Believe me, I did not have to teach that man anything. He was experienced and fun."

Former President John F. Kennedy

"If I don't have a woman every three days or so I get a terrible headache."

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

"That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me. On that night of 12 May 1994, I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct."

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

"I’ve told Willie [Willie Whitelaw] he must cancel his lunch tomorrow, because I must leave someone in charge. Jim [James Callaghan] left Michael Foot in charge over Christmas, and Michael Foot couldn’t run pussy. But I’ve been warned that I shouldn’t use that phrase, because it could mean something rather vulgar."

Former President George W. Bush

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."

Former Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy

"They don't call me Tyrannosaurus Sex for nothing."

London Mayor Boris Johnson

"As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers."

Former Vice President Dick Cheney

"People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them, 'How do you think I got the job?"

Former President Jimmy Carter

"I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times."

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