Normally, I wouldn't be interested in what rabid old sons of Fascists get up to behind closed doors, but Max Mosley's alleged indiscretions have produced another one of those jaw-dropping moments of Mail hypocrisy. Maybe he was invited to a 'Nuremburg Rally' party and thought this was just Bernie Ecclestone organising a Le Mans-type event at the Nurburgring.

Formula One boss Max Mosley 'exposed as sadomasochist in Nazi orgy with five prostitutes' bellowed this guardian of our morals. The headline was altered slightly a couple of days later as it emerged the Formula 1 'boss' had instructed lawyers against The News of the World for the original expose as reported in The Times.

The Mail, of course, makes much of the fact that Max is the son of Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists. Strangely, no mention is made of the Mail's infamous support for the man and its headline, 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts'. Nor is there any report of the Mail's owner in 1930s sympathetic treatment of the Nazis and support for appeasement.

Given the obsession of the Mail and others on immigration, gypsies and lefties, little appears to have changed. The worry is that the constant scapegoating of these groups will lead to consequences we hoped had been confined to European history.