I don’t know if Liam Fox has a homosexual past – or present. Funnily enough, I do know people who will confirm that he has heterosexual tendencies. Whatever.
The current furore though is a get Fox campaign kicked off by Labour – Jim Murphy in pious mode, the angry John Mann and somebody called Kevan Jones all figure prominently.
Even Murphy, though, hasn’t demanded that Fox quits. There appears to be no actual dodgy dealing of any significance, it’s all rather personal. It seems to The Knife that Labour are relying on a subterranean streak of public homophobia, that no doubt courses through the Labour Party, along with varying degrees of racism and sexism, despite what the comrades will say.
Whether the public will care, I doubt. I mean, homosexual MP’s, whatever next?
Oddly enough, there is another major politician who was rumoured to be “in the closet”, to the point that his ex-flatmate (sound familiar?), Peter Mandelson, declared that he was gay. Gordon Brown – for it was he – was the second worst prime minister in this country’s history, not because he was (allegedly) gay, but because he was a pathological personality obsessed with personal power. Fox is an OK Defence Secretary.
The Tories never made anything of Gordon’s proclivities, quite rightly (for an example of what might have surfaced, see Coffee House comment by Austin Barry, here).
Labour are really just prurient homophobic hypocrites, who are desperate for a scalp.
NB: A few days after this post, Peter Hitchens makes exactly the same point in the Mail on Sunday. I don’t always agree with Hitchens, but this deserves a national airing.