"Sock-gate" shame for threadbare foot

Published: 25th March 2008

"Sock-gate" shame for threadbare foot
Politicians are often seen as fair targets by the world's press and recently, the shocking affair of "sock-gate" has been unveiled by one local newspaper.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph snapped health secretary Alan Johnson as he removed his shoes on a hospital tour in order to be measured.

However, the newspaper noted that as the minister kicked off his shoes, the assembled crowds saw that his black socks were threadbare, with one toe poking its way through accusingly.

While many people simply discard their holey socks, a forum hosted by MoneySavingExpert highlighted the many potential uses for such legwear.

Its members suggested old socks can be useful to wax the car with, as slip-on dusters and even to protect walls from marks when leaning ladders against them.

DIY-ers can simply slip the old socks over the ladder tops to protect paint or wallpaper from scuffing.

Perhaps if Mr Johnson considered the many additional uses socks offer once they are past their best, he would be less unwilling to part with his threadbare footwear.

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