A few thoughts from this debacle.
Basically, MP allegedly has affair with younger woman. MP is accused of letting younger woman through security without signing in, another MP is said to have offered her a job.
Let's assume the last two aren't true. Just as a hypothetical. Would he still have resigned? Would we still expect him to? Would it still be a scandal? And why?
I cannot fathom in this day and age when everyone knows someone who's been cheated on - or have been cheated on themselves - or has been the one to cheat, why we expect our elected officials to be "above" the same foibles and flaws we ourselves have been subject to. And is that a good thing?
Think about it: If every man and woman who had cheated on their partner lost their jobs as a result, there'd be chaos. How many people would be without a job?
Personally, I want my elected representatives to be human. I want them to make mistakes. I want them to be the kind of person fit to govern a country, yes, but how does being unfaithful to your wife preclude you from being so? If the job my parlimentarian is doing is a good one, is the rest of it make-or-break?
Making mistakes - even ones that hurt other people - does not make you a bad person. It does not make our elected representatives bad people. It simply makes them human.
And we could do with a bit more of that in government, if you ask me.
3 days ago