What a stupid thing to do!
David Laws MP had it all, fabulous education, well compared to the rest of us, fabulous wealth, well compared to the rest of us, a successful business career where he could retire at an early age and pursue his political ambitions and go on to achieve great power, prestige and influence and then to lose it all through failure of just plain commonsense.
Why on earth did he do it anyway? £40,000 to him seems peanuts. Ripping off the taxpayer may have been the thing to do when Laws first entered parliament but when the new restrictions regarding partners came in that was the moment when he should have stopped. It was just plain commonsense.
What ever Law's motifs about being 'found out' that was the moment he should have stopped paying his partner but he couldn't resist the thrill of getting something that one shouldn't really have. As Eve found out, forbidden fruit is so much nicer and look where that got humanity.
Laws knows now and he probably knew it then. He has lost his reputation and for a politician that is devastating for £40,000.
His next mistake was to hide the facts during the expenses scandal but I suppose he knew if he owned up he would be a goner anyway so he practiced a bit of 'masterly inactivity' and hoped it would all go away. His convoluted reasoning of why he did it looks pathetic under the circumstances. As a Catholic Laws should have known better.
When you chose to enter public life you have to realise that your life becomes public and you can't complain. Your whole life is open to public scrutiny. Even children at ballet schools are told that. Once on the stage of life as a public participant your life is no longer your own. If you want a true private life then stay out of the public arena.
All Laws expensive education and some of it was a Catholic education failed to teach him commonsense. All fans of Faith Schools take note. That is what is so embarrassing not his being gay but that he is a Catholic and Catholics ought to know the difference between right and wrong.
I wonder what he was given as a penance? Three 'Hail Mary's and a firm purpose of amendment' seems hardly appropriate on this occasion!