Infidelity is matter for partners and none of our business
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As usual there has been a massive brouhaha about the infidelity of a politician and yet, in my view, it is none of our business. It is impossible to create the perfect human being without any flaws, so we all have human failings, some more than others of course.
Since the beginning of time sex and passion have been central to human desire and is proven to make people lose all sense of proportion, and on occasion, even their minds and sometimes everything they possess and hold most dear. It can happen when you don’t expect it and when you don’t want it to, but in most cases, it is impossible for mere mortals to resist. Those amongst us who have higher profiles are more susceptible, mostly because they will have more opportunities and more choice.
With the exception of Catherine the Great, we tend to hear about insatiable men rather than women. Of course, the higher profile the bigger the attraction and when it comes to power – well that is the biggest aphrodisiac of all.
Henry Kissinger, a hugely powerful and highly intelligent man, even in his youth, Kissinger didn’t quite fit the bill of a matinee idol, but he has always been a hit with the ladies. A 1972 poll of Playboy bunnies selected Kissinger as the man with whom Hef’s ladies would most like to go out on a date. He also had a string of celebrity girlfriends in his younger days, including Diane Sawyer, Candice Bergen, Jill St. John, Shirley Maclaine, and Liv Ullman, who called Kissinger “the most interesting man I have ever met.”
So, if you then add even passable looks to the cocktail, like Kennedy and Clinton it is a bit like a chocolate addict being locked in a chocolate factory. However, however many affairs are had, I believe the repercussions should solely be between the perpetrator and their other half. It should not ruin a career.
I have always thought that if Bill Clinton had said when the Lewinsky episode became public, that, yes, he did err, but it was now between him and his wife to sort out, it would have saved him an impeachment. Lying is such a massive mistake by any politician as the public is not as stupid as they seem to think. We tend to forgive people who admit to mistakes rather than cover-ups.
This brings me to Matt Hancock, not in the same league as Kissinger, Clinton and Kennedy when it comes to power or intellect, and not a George Clooney lookalike either. I really don’t think that many people give a fig about his infidelity, other than his poor long-suffering wife. However, we do care very deeply about his lies and the whole saga needs microscopic investigation.
I then have a question for another lothario, Boris – if Hancock has been a lose cannon for so long and if he did say that he was 'useless', why didn’t he replace him with Sajid Javid sometime ago? However, Boris remaining silent over Hancock’s extra-marital affair was inevitable considering our Prime Minister’s own track record.
Sadly, we will never know because honesty is not one of the requirements in character of politicians around the world. Having spent a lot of my former life in the Houses of Parliament, no great store is put on honesty. It can actually prove to be a handicap and embarrassment.
I think the public all deserve better, and so do the partners of those going off the rails, but we are all likely to remain disappointed.