The Daily Telegraph unmasking of David Laws less than honest basis for expenses claims, coupled with his outing as gay, serves as a lesson to any politician with skeletons in their cupboard. Personal details can no longer be expected to remain private for very long.
It also raises questions as to Cameron’s judgement, because he must have been aware of David Laws sexual preferences that would have surely been included in the security file, unless of course the security services missed it too?
Closet homosexuality would once have rung alarm bells, not because they were gay, but because they were open to all kinds of blackmail or undue influence in trying to keep up a public façade that is far from reality.
Whatever Law’s own personal family circumstances, the fact that he was living a lie, is what actually matters here. His lack of personal candour does not fit well with any concept of openness, honesty and integrity. How can we be expected to place our faith in someone who casually lies to his own parents and family?
The money matters, but it is of secondary importance to the central issue of trust and honesty that he failed so spectacularly in his private life, to live up to.
I am not a perfectionist, I do not have unreasonable expectations of politicians, nor do I really care about such issues as gender, sexual preference, colour, religion or school they went to or for that matter any of the false distinctions that culture or society try to impose upon us to make us compliant and know our place in the scheme of things but I am afraid, I think that David Laws duplicity should now result in his political career coming to an end.