There can't be many out there who will be unaware of the fact that our esteemed NHS leader, Matt Hancock, has left office. Resigned or sacked, it doesn't really matter, the end result is the same. But I can't help feeling that he's not been treated fairly. Why? Because of the reason he's been forced out. Marital infidelity is hardly rare. Various studies indicate that, among married males something like 45% have at some time "played away". Among ladies it's lower, about 25%. Still a surprisingly high number. His own boss Boris has a far more interesting record than Matt. And on the continent the public have a far more tolerant and less judgemental, puritanical attitude towards such indiscretions in their politicians. We are all after all flawed human beings. As Henry Kissinger once said "Power is the greatest aphrodisiac".
Add to that the fact that some 5% of relationships in the uk are non monogamous. DZ finds it odd that, as a nation we have made great progress in increasingly accepting those of unconventional sexuality, yet swingers and polyamorists are still very much frowned upon, despite the mutual consent of all those involved.
And there is also a considerable number of people not in relationships at all who still have a very active sex life.
That's not to say that DZ thinks Hancock should not have gone. There are plenty of reasons why he should have been sacked long ago. His predecessor Jeremy Hunt was guilty of much the same corruption and was also never brought to account for it
So DZ is a little concerned that he has been removed in the way that he has. It's clear that he has been pilloried for doing what his boss is renowned for, while his manifest corruption seems to be accepted as par for the course. The whole affair smacks of inconsistency and hypocrisy.
So welcome Mr Javid. Would it be too much to ask for a little integrity and competence during your tenure? Because if you can give us that I wouldn't give a shit about your private life.