…just adding my tuppence worth…
when I was listening to the radio yesterday afternoon I heard Hemming’s outburst in the House of Commons when he named a footballer, claiming his right to do so under parliamentary privilege.
I had three immediate reactions:
- That is an abuse of parliamentary privilege – you are dabbling in gossip and this is just unedifying. We do not elect MPs to dabble in Gossip!
- the footballer in question is supremely talented, handsome, and popular – I suspected an element of simple pure male jealousy.
- what about the footballer’s children? They are going to face hell in the days and weeks ahead.
I really do hope Hemming informed the footballer’s family that he was going to name him beforehand, so the family had a chance to prepare for the inevitable onslaught…?
I am not an in expert in constitutional law – but I do know there is a clamour for making all family law matters public. In fact we seem to live in a society where we think everything should be made public
My two questions are quite simple.
- Why are we so obsessed with other people’s private lives?
- Why can’t some things be kept private. If we believe in “children first” then surely some things should remain private?
…or am I missing something?