Ex-minister for Transport David Campbell was not my favourite person. How could he be, being partly responsible for NSW’s dismal record on public transport? If I had a vote in his electorate, I would try to get rid of him – though without much hope of Labor replacing him with anyone better.
However, his resignation from Cabinet was not right. It had nothing to do with government car use, or hypocrisy over morals. It was the realpolitik realisation that a married man going to a gay club was a political liability. And that’s a sad indictment of the state of our society – or at least his fellow politicians’ assessment of it.
Mr Campbell, I’m sorry it happened this way, and I admire your fortitude when facing the media. I’m also sorry the Premier didn’t refuse your resignation and try to defend common decency forthrightly. What happens just between consenting adults is not something requiring public inspection, no matter who you are.
David Laws of the UK Liberal Democrats has just resigned as finance minister. He too was trying to keep his sexuality secret (his words, not mine), but in contrast to David Campbell, he was breaching his public duties in doing so by channelling money to his partner.