Innocence is lost in the soapy reflection of life

Sex pawn: Imogen Thomas

Sex pawn: Imogen Thomas

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That New Zealand MP was right.

Coronation Street HAS got too raunchy. By far.

From ITV''STRICT EMBARGO -TV Listings Magazines Tuesday 26 April  2011, Newspapers and other media including ANY websites Saturday 30 April 2011''Coronation Street - 7593''Monday 2 May 2011 at 8.30pm''Becky McDonald [KATHERINE KELLY] throws the Blackpool photo at Steve McDonald [SIMON GREGSON]  telling him he's got some explaining to do.''Picture contact: david.crook@itv.com on 0161 952 6214''Photographer - Rob Evans''This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndica

From ITV''STRICT EMBARGO -TV Listings Magazines Tuesday 26 April 2011, Newspapers and other media including ANY websites Saturday 30 April 2011''Coronation Street - 7593''Monday 2 May 2011 at 8.30pm''Becky McDonald [KATHERINE KELLY] throws the Blackpool photo at Steve McDonald [SIMON GREGSON] telling him he's got some explaining to do.''Picture contact: david.crook@itv.com on 0161 952 6214''Photographer - Rob Evans''This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndica

Last week, Becky was blazing because she suspected hubbie Steve had been to Blackpool with his ex. For a fair bit more than a stick of rock.

By way of retaliation, she’d dressed up like a prostitute and was heading out to get blathered and vowing to make the first available bloke one lucky man.

Then the other night, Tina was all over boyfriend Graham the window cleaner like a wet chamois.

They hadn’t “done it” for ages and she had her needs, she snapped after his rebuff.

Good old days: The nearest Ena, Minnie and even Elsie got to flashing any flesh.

Good old days: The nearest Ena, Minnie and even Elsie got to flashing any flesh.

I bet anyone over the age of nine didn’t think Becky was planning on buying some random stranger a winning lottery ticket. Or that Tina had dirty windows in need of a good leathering. Innocence was lost years ago.

For the soap as well as the kids. Back in the good old days, the only time Ena, Minnie and even Elsie flashed any flesh was for a bracing little paddle at the seaside.

It’s getting worse. Next thing you know, Norris will be in the nuddy behind that counter. And Lord help the humbugs.

Thing is, though, what happens on the Street or the Square or up at’farm is a soapy reflection of real life. And it’s that which has become all lowdown and dirty.

In Spain the other week, posters enticed married women to enjoy a bit of extra-marital via a website that could fix them up with a sexual encounter faster than they could lisp chorizo.

And all those super-injunctions and the deluge of headlines about the very obvious wrongness of them; it all seems to have over-shadowed what’s at their heart... The soliciting of prostitutes and the adultery of rich married men who are having their fruitcake, eating it and then brushing the crumbs under a very expensive carpet.

Twitter power is attempting to bust the super injunctions, but it won’t stop people thinking that sex is the bee-all and end-all, and that cheating on their partners isn’t.

It won’t stop women like silly Imogen Thomas willingly becoming the sex pawns.

And it won’t get Helen Wood off the game. She’s the single mother complaining that she is exposed while the actor who paid to sleep with her is not, thanks to his super-injunction.

She was on This Morning the other day. Will it be Coronation Street next? She’s a prostitute and we’re making her a media star and yet another fast buck in the process. If that’s not a bad influence on kids, what is?

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