He also has no hair but I digress.
Hague has been in a spot of bother of late and Tory blogger Guido Fawkes is to blame. I have generally viewed Fawkes's blog as a useful outlet facility for Tourettes sufferers (his commenters) to let their condition rip in harmless and controlled circumstances rather than doing it in the streets and frightening - well - everyone. Hitherto, Fawkes's most acclaimed scoop was John Prescott and Tracey Whatsername being at it. Again for overseas readers, John Prescott was Blair's deputy prime minister (purely to massage his vanity and keep the Labour Party - which had an irrational liking for the appalling mound of lard) happy. At one point in the course of his spectacularly undistinguished deputy prime ministership Prescott was having an affair with one of his civil servants, a woman named Tracey Temple. When the story went public via Fawkes, Tracey Temple went public to the Daily Mail - allegedly for a £100,000 fee. Part of the story involved Mr Something-or-the other (a pet name for the Prescott appendage) going to sleep and refusing to perform. Yuck!!!
Here are Prescott and Tracey discussing these matters. A faint feeling of queasiness is taking over...
Anyway, Fawkes has struck again. For as long as I can remember there have been rumours about Hague's sexuality. I say straight away I have no knowledge as to whether or not they are true and couldn't care less anyway. William Hague + Sex = Yuck!!! Part 2. The story concerns Hague's former driver and now also former special adviser, a person named Christopher Myers or 'handsome Christopher Myers' as the Daily Mirror gushingly has it. Two Sunday newspapers had the story but sat on it. Fawkes went public. Hague shared a hotel room with Myers in April
The hotel room was soon in the public arena. 'As our exclusive picture shows, the twin beds and mattresses are usually pushed together and presented as a double room for couples and sold for between £105 and £160 a night' burbles the Mirror, warming to its theme.
And this photo of Hague and Myers was suddenly all over everywhere like a rash. Hague was reduced to a cringe making (and undoubtedly inadvisable) statement featuring prominently how his wife Ffion had suffered a succession of miscarriages. Thus explaining their lack of children. Truly awful stuff. Various Tory Bloggers notably Ian Dale have turned on Fawkes (real name Paul Staines) for - well - turning on one of their own. Scroll down to the 1st September posting on Dale's blog to get the flavour of things.
Does any of this matter? Not a great deal. I conclude. There is at the margin a public interest in that Myers was promoted from driver to special adviser to Hague on public funds while seeming to have no apparent qualifications for the job and Hague already having a sufficient complement of special advisers. Cronyism is a legitimate subject for public debate but the rest is prurience. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, prurience has drowned out the legitimate public interest topic. I suppose it was always going to...