One of the things I was struck by as the sad story of Mr Laws unfolded was the way in which his privacy was described. Lord Ashdown described him as a “deeply, deeply private person”, Mr Clegg as an “intensely private person”, with which Mr Laws agreed, although saying in his resignation statement that what he wanted to do was to keep his sexuality secret. For a party with a strong line on privacy I didn’t think it was a brilliantly informed performance.

At one point, listening to the way in which Mr Laws was describing his reasons for not disclosing his relationship, I thought that it was such a private matter that no one else could possibly know what it was he was talking about, which I suppose is a version of secrecy.

But the circumstances also suggested one of the paradoxes of privacy, which is that … Continue Reading ››