The Politics of Passion
Can politics and passion go together? The little town of Kingsmill is about to find out. Running a small hotel catering for swingers, Jenny is catapulted into local politics when she is elected to the council. Can she maintain her secrets while her opponents try to ruin her? Bubbling under the surface is a maelstrom of sex and secrecy that will blow the town wide open if it becomes known... More
Jenny and Frank had run away to Kingsmill, (see The Price of Passion) a small coastal town in the west of England where they could find peace. They brought with them their experience of the sex industry and the swinging scene and when they took over a small hotel, it was to cater to a very select clientele.
Ably assisted by Charlotte, who Jenny had known before and Bronwyn, a fiery Welsh redhead, their hotel soon obtained a reputation among the country’s swingers that was to guarantee success. The only problem was maintaining the secret of their success from the local population.
After five years in Kingsmill, Jenny and Frank were accepted by the local business community, most of whom were invited to their wedding. The night before the wedding, Jenny and Frank attended a meeting to see what the local council had been up to and to question their motives. Frustration and annoyance made Jenny stand up and address the meeting, much to Frank’s concern.
The response to Jenny’s criticisms started a groundswell of opinion that was impossible to control. Much to the council’s surprise an unstoppable call went out to Jenny to stand for election herself. She declined and left the meeting arm in arm with Frank to walk home. The talk was about their wedding the next day.
Back at the meeting, the local paper reporter had asked all the party leaders for comment. Clive Allen, leader of the Kingsmill Independence Party was certain he had found the candidate for his party that could win a seat on the Council. In trying to recruit her, he couldn’t know that he would fall in love and begin a political life that would exceed all his expectations.
Trevor Appleby, the Leader of the Council and regular visitor to public toilets in a town twelve miles away, was determined to ruin Jenny at the polls. It never occurred to him that his own foibles would return to haunt him. Especially when he lost the loyalty of a close colleague who had discovered his secrets. Armed with information from a disgruntled employee, Frank and Jenny were able to control Appleby’s efforts to cause them trouble.
Fred Winter, leader of the main opposition on the Council, was blinded by his political life to the neglect of his marriage. When his wife began an affair with his mistress, Fred’s fate was sealed.
Retiring police inspector James Walsh was determined to become a councillor. By losing the records of a certain driving offence, he gained the support of Trevor Appleby who reckoned that a former policeman could be useful. Finding out that, after a tip off from Appleby, Jenny and Frank were being investigated by the Inland Revenue, he tried to interfere with the tax inspectors work thinking that he was doing Appleby a favour. Appleby was horrified he would be exposed and James Walsh sealed his fate as a candidate.
Richard Brockenhurst, the tax inspector looking into Jenny’s affairs, was unaware that his life was to change. His sexual problem, that ruined his private life, would be resolved in a most unexpected way. He turned from an official trying to incriminate Jenny to one that tried to exonerate her.
The Politics of Passion reveals the innermost secrets of many well known local politicians and business people in the town of Kingsmill. They came to realise that it wasn’t the secret that worried them but the keeping of the secret.
Lives would be changed and fortunes would be lost as the layers of respectability were stripped away and desires were revealed. But, it wasn’t all bad.