When hitherto unnoticed MP Andrew Falloon announced his resignation in an absurd babble about “grief” over suicides, my antennae told me this was a cover-up. The subsequent revelations thus came as no surprise although not in their specifics. Sex is a powerful drive and at my age nothing surprises me about its many manifestations.
Falloon’s particular tastes were unusual insofar as they proved to be at the innocuous end of this sort of behaviour, the most common being sending photos of one’s own genitalia.
Trust me, I know what I’m talking about when I say Parliament has always been a hotbed of sexual antics, and that includes the Press Gallery.
The understanding has always been a grown-up one, namely to turn the other cheek and not comment publicly on MPs private affairs. Now it seems we’re in a new era of puritanism.
The Prime Minister sacking Minister Lees-Galloway for having an affair, alarms me. He’s an adult and it’s none of her God-damn business. I’d have been more impressed had she moved him on after his disastrous decision over the Czech crim’.
With the astonishing advances in technology it can’t be far off before someone invents a thoughts machine, capable of discovering people’s secret desires. And should that occur, and it be aimed at Jacinda and reveal she dreams of being in bed with two pygmies, well who will be surprised? When it comes to sex, anything is possible, which is age old human behaviour.
In fairness to her, this action was forced upon her by Judith Collins raising it. It’s not in the slightest analogous to the Falloon matter and is a bad look for Collins. Furthermore, Jacinda should have said as much.
We elect MPs to do a job, nothing more, and most certainly not to own them. They’re entitled to a private life and our criticism and judgment should be confined to their work performance.
Publicising the Falloon matter, albeit it fairly innocuous and merely suggestive (sending photos of female nudes to women as a hint) was justified. But publicising Lees-Galloway private life was disgraceful.
Shame on Judith for raising the matter and on the PM for running with it.