Saturday, January 21, 2006

Oaten in (alleged) rent boy shocker

Seriously, you couldn't make it up...

The means of removing Kennedy was compared to Tory removals of their leaders but surely this an emulation too far?
I suppose it could be worse...

[Addendum: The papers are full of Mark Oaten this morning. Not entirely sure why he had to resign. I think that the only time sexual affairs should lead to a political resignation is something that directly compromises the job of the candidate, e.g. the classic MP/Russian agent scenarios during the Cold War or if it's something that is (and should be) illegal. It's obviously going to be very difficult/upsetting for his wife and family if they had no inclination that he was interested in sexual exploration, because it's a huge breach of trust in a marriage. People do change over a lifetime and become interested in investigating different sides of their character (and sometimes sexual desires) and I think the best way of dealing with that is being upfront and open about it to the people around you so that no one feels betrayed. The original Screws of the World article is here].

As an aside, I've never really got the whole 'football kit' fetish... It's not like football kit is figure-hugging or has a sensual texture. It must be a David Mellor tribute (although that was found to be a fabrication).



  • At 8:41 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A pretty tasteless link IMHO. Are you trying to say Conservatives do scandal better than the LibDems? If you are then it is not very humorous given that Mr Milligan died in sad and lonely circumstances.

  • At 12:19 am , Anonymous Rob Knight said...

    Am I the only one who remembers this as being part of the plot of House of Cards, the BBC drama which included a leadership contest - albeit in the Tory party?

  • At 8:21 am , Blogger Femme de Resistance said...

    Sorry... It goes without saying that it's very sad when anyone loses their life for their friends, colleagues and family.

    There is a certain (schoolboy) humour in the outing of the sexual proclivations of others especially if they're not 'friday-evening-at-7pm-with-partner-of-any-gender-in-conventional-position'. Seem in this light, my point was that Mr Oaten's were somewhat *tame*.

    I apologise if given the (obvious) tragic human dimension this caused offence.

  • At 11:36 pm , Blogger LibertyCat said...

    It's your blog femme-de-r, so there is no need to apologise. After all, if Oaten didn't want to be a public laughing stock, he could have chosen a profession other than politics...


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