|Quoting Paulc (Reply 9):|
At least he did the honourable thing by resigning at the first sign of a scandal - lets hope this has set an example to others.
I know that our MP
's are human beings and I accept, even welcome, the flaws that being human will bring. It is important that members of the House of Commons behave like normal people and this will inevitably mean affairs, coming 'out' and going weak at the knees at the sight of a briefcase stuffed with tenners.
But Mark Oaten has gone beyond what is acceptable. He has not displayed an ounce of honour whatsoever.
Paying two rentboys to humiliate you is not acceptable for a person in public office who is married with two young children. And we should not kid ourselves that Oaten 'regrets' his actions. I'm pretty certain that he had the time of his live when he was humiliated and, like Ron Davies, is probably wondering how he can get away with this again in future. Maybe, like Paul Marsden, he will simply accept the notoriety that he now has and brazenly advertise himself of the internet in his undies.
He was just idiotic beyond belief and I would be unable to accept somebody displaying such an alarming lack of judgment as my MP
I too despise the NOTW. However, whilst I commend the scrutiny of our MP
's when they commit such stupid deeds, I find it difficult to balance this necessity against the horrible damage this must be causing Mark Oaten's two children. Ultimately, Mark Oaten is responsible for the damage this will have caused further cementing my view that he is unsuitable for public office.