Well, the shock revelations about Oaten in the last few hours have been interesting.
I’m surprised he feels that a relationship with a rent-boy is reason enough to quit his spokesmanship.
The investigation reveals Mr Oaten had a lengthy relationship with a rent boy then aged 23.
The carefully worded news-articles don’t seem to imply this was a paid-for relationship. And there’s no indication of when it was (although “*then* aged 23” with no mention of how old he is now) — was it an adulterous relationship, or one that ended before he got married?
Either way, the justification from the Screws about why they are running the story at all is pathetic:
Keith Gladdis, Whitehall editor of the News of the World, justified the paper’s story.
He said: “Mark Oaten is an MP, an MP who has been elected on a platform of being a family man.
“He’s also an MP who’s a front bench spokesman – a front bench spokesman who then went on to stand as a potential leader of the Liberal Democrat party. That is someone who quite clearly has a public life.” (From this BBC story)
Guido points the finger at Oaten making hypocritical remarks about prostitution when the issue was debated this week. But Mark’s press release on the subject is measured.
Guido and the Monkey seem to have set it all off with a salacious podcast last week. I’d be interested in a copy if it’s doing the rounds.
Trouble comes in threes. People have been postulating that we’ve had Kennedy with drink problem, Tom McNally confessing to having been an alcoholic in the 80s and now Oaten’s dalliance.
I don’t think that’s it. Tom McNally’s news (I’ve been an alcoholic but I’m fine now) wasn’t much of a bombshell.
Popbitch carried a Lib Dem quickie this week:
Which Lib Dem wannabe leader used to be a regular visitor to a brothel in Paddington where he used to pay girls to shit in their knickers for him, and would then put the dirty pants in his briefcase and take them home?
Given that those are girls, and the Oaten story is about a boy, maybe these words from Stephen Tall tonight
But I am left scratching my head in utter bewilderment that he could have considered standing for the leadership of the party – to succeed a man who was forced to resign because of personal problems – when this story was lingering in the shadows.
are going to end up sounding prophetic by this time next week.
Check out this on Iain Dale’s blog (hold your nose if you need to):
I can’t believe what the newsreader on Sky […] has just said – “My instant reaction was when I heard about this was that it was someone else, but let’s not go there.”
What a sorry mess. There are skeletons hammering on the inside of closet doors tonight.
 In googling to try and work out how you spell adulterous, I came across this charming little website that tells you whether you can get divorced or not, with handy yes/no questions about the state of your relationship. Believe marriage irretrievably broken down, but still living together? Reconsider!