Jimmy Savile famously died with his reputation intact and then was discovered to be a monster after his death. Now Leon Brttan is dead and politicians are lining up to praise his memory. William Hague and Ken Clarke have been particularly effusive.
But there are already two question marks over his reputation: that he raped a 19-year-old girl back in the 1960s, and that he 'mislaid' a dossier on paedophiles (the so-called Dickens Dossier) when he was Home Secretary.
Bubbling under we have suggestions that he used MI5 to cover up his own paedophile activity and police were silenced when a naked and abused boy was found outside his house. There are also suggestions that he was the 'senior Tory' who systematically abused boys as reported by the Newsnight programme and wrongly attributed to Lord McAlpine (also now deceased.)
So Brittan's reputation may not outlive him by very long.