Gay Days of Summer

By DeusExMacintosh

In an extraordinarily frank statement, the Foreign Secretary yesterday denied that he had ever had a relationship with a man after his special advisor Christopher Myers resigned because of the damage caused by “untrue and malicious” allegations circulating on the internet. He also revealed that he and his wife Ffion have suffered the trauma of multiple miscarriages, including one this summer, but added that their marriage was “strong”.

While the Prime Minister offered Mr Hague his 100 per cent support, others in the party were more critical. John Redwood wrote on his blog that the Foreign Secretary “now seems to understand it was poor judgment to share a room with an assistant”.

Mr Hague’s decision to publicly respond to the rumours has also been questioned. Ed Balls, the Labour leadership candidate, described it as unwise, while PR guru Max Clifford said it was likely to cause more problems than it resolved…

Asked about the subject during a press conference with following a meeting with German opposite number Guido Westerwelle, Mr Hague defended his decision.

“My wife and I really felt we had had enough of the circulation of untrue allegations, particularly on the internet, and at some point you have to speak out about that and put the record straight.”

Mr Hague chose to act after a well-known political blogger Guido Fawkes revealed he had spent the night together with Mr Myers in a hotel room during the election campaign. Rumours about their closeness had been swirling around Westminster and the internet after photographs were published showing Mr Hague and Mr Myers walking and laughing together, dressed casually and wearing sunglasses.

Mr Hague, who has been married to Ffion since 1997, employed Mr Myers as a driver and assistant during his campaign for re-election to the Conservative safe seat of Richmond, north Yorkshire. The 25 year-old, who grew up in the constituency and studied History at Durham University, was appointed as a Special Adviser at the Foreign Office in May but only took up his post in July after finishing a Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds.

Mr Myers has stepped down, citing the damage caused by the media attention as a result of the disclosures. Mr Hague commented today that his former aide is “someone who is rather fed up of the political world, and who can blame him?”…

Crispin Blunt, a junior Tory minister in the Coalition, last week announced that he was separating from his wife to allow him to “come to terms with his homosexuality”. Mr Blunt, the prisons minister, said there was nobody else involved and appealed for his family’s privacy to be respected.

The Telegraph

11 Comments

  1. Posted September 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I am getting heartily sick of the fashionable mixing of the public and the private in current debate. The issue is whether William Hague is a good Foreign Secretary. Who he does… or does not bonk is none of our business.

    Gah.

  2. Posted September 6, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    There were two interesting bits in the Spectator viz Blair’s memoirs.

    The main story was about the mode by which Blair has used this book to promote his brand. What was especially interesting was that Blair has two kinds of companies, philanthropic and commercial. The latter are organized in order to conceal what Blair does and who he does it for.

    The other was a condemnation of Blair the writer. Quotes of pristine blandness were supplied from it. These supposedly expressing the man’s feelings about those who’ve died in war he helped start. What these words express is a total lack of feeling.

    First Clinton, now Blair. Is the globe going to be over-run by these celeb-statesmen for hire types?

  3. Patrick
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    There’s always Bush and Howard, Adrien. Quite comforting to me, at least 🙂

  4. Peter Patton
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    This is all very titillating in light of Christopher Hitchens telling in his latest autobiography that he slept with 2 men who are current cabinet ministers, while he was at Oxford.

  5. Posted September 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Patrick – I think John Howard would be doing this too with his old-fashioned standards of course. Just not so publicly.

    I don’t think anyone’s gonna pay Bush to sort out their problems for the time being.

  6. KiwiInoz
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    As a centre-left leaning, staunch heterosexual, I have to say “who cares if Hague is gay”.

  7. Peter Patton
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Kiwilnoz

    Unless the editors and proprietors of large newspaper and other media outlets are clueless about their audience, I would say millions of people care. 😉

  8. KiwiInOz
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    @Peter Patton – sad but true. Bread and circuses for the masses. 🙂

  9. mel
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Well yes, perhaps we all misunderstood what George W Bush meant when he described John Howard as a man of steel….

  10. mel
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    My very witty comment has been moderated. I’m very upset. Pout ….

  11. Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Apologies Mel, we’ve been deluged with thousands of page views a day over the last week and poor Akismet is having a nervous breakdown. It can’t tell friend from foe at the moment.

    I’ve just had to let another half a dozen commenters out of the spammer, many of them regulars.

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