I do try to be understanding. I really do. Let's be honest, we all screw up somewhere sometime in life. We all have are own excruciating memories of the time we did something really stupid and worse still got found out. No matter how exemplary the rest of our lives have been, it's the bad shit that sticks sic. Evans the Sheep-shagger (old joke).
As a species, we have a inbuilt ability to mess up, screw the pooch, drop a bollock, commit a blunder, have a senior moment, act the plonker, engender a faux pas or make a gaffe. So why is it that politicians occupy a different universe in which they have 'moments of madness' or lapses of judgement? What on earth makes the media tosspots think we would accept that getting done for being twice over the drink-drive limit is Bethan Jenkins way of making a 'cry for help' (who the fuck writes her stuff anyway?)
As it happens an acquaintance of mine, let's call him 'Jocky', was done for drinking driving on Christmas Day just gone. He made the classic mistake of going for a pre-lunch drink with his neighbours and giving everyone a lift to the pub. He was stopped by Plod on the way back with the inevitable results.
When I saw him a few weeks later at the rugby, his explanation on events was quite simple and to the point.
"I was a twat", he told me and that was it.
Jocky heads up the accounts department at a factory about 15 miles away. He kept his job and relies on lifts from mates who live nearby to get to work. He seems to be coping but he is not making a song and dance about it.
It's only my opinion but I think that I would have more respect of politicians if they displayed the same contrition and sense of accountability as Jocky and just got on with it. It would be more palatable that the sight of them baring their flawed and troubled souls to the media.