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Government Minister in Realtionship with "Sex worker"

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Whaat? no one discussing a Cabinet rank UK Governement Minister having an inadvertent relationship with a 'sex worker' . Also very interesting how rag tops had story for months but didin't publish, which is great news as to how society's views have changed or more cynically how they didn't want to piss off the Minister who regulates them?!?

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This will throw the anti prostitution brigade a curved ball, as it shows that even the very elite are human. It's very difficult for them to argue prostitutes are poor/innocent/abused/druggies when a political big wig found someone he liked and dated.

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It's hard to believe the rag tops were actually afraid to publish - has that ever stopped them?  I think it's more, as you say, that society is changing and this is really a non-story.

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The only reason that this is anyone's problem except his is that he's overseeing the implementation of parts of the Leveson Inquiry proposals, and folk think that he might have given the press something to hold over him. He's denied that this has been a problem.

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But isn't that the whole point of the enquiry - this situation is a form of proof of how the press can have a hold over someone? Not the other way around. 

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He wasn't a minister when this happened to him and he dumped her as soon as he found out. I think it's a shame, if the relationship meant anything to them, that it had to end because of his position. It must have been hurtfull for both of them.

This story certainly does not fit with how the 'Nordic Model' brigade see WGs - she does not seem to fit well with their stereotype vision as a 'victim of violence'.

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The lady in question is named as Kate who works (worked?) the the Lndon Retreat which seems to be closed at the moment because of all this.

 

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I almost have sympathy for a government minister, which is rare.  Agree it is a non-story.

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On 13/04/2016 at 4:32 PM, BollyWood8 said:

Whaat? no one discussing a Cabinet rank UK Governement Minister having an inadvertent relationship with a 'sex worker' . Also very interesting how rag tops had story for months but didin't publish, which is great news as to how society's views have changed or more cynically how they didn't want to piss off the Minister who regulates them?!?

 

This would be gold for the Murdoch media but they sat on it, which raises the question why?   Media regulation / Leveson Inquiry is one possible explanation.

Another is that perhaps this 'cover up' is in return for this chaps constant attack on the BBC and public sector broadcasting.

Which serves Murdoch real interest more and I think this is where the real meat of this story is.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/11/john-whittingdale-culture-secretary-bbc-charter-renewal

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/john-whittingdale-claims-he-is-not-dismantling-the-bbc-and-that-its-future-is-not-under-threat-10473346.html

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-03-15/jonathan-dimbleby-slams-governments-astonishing-failure-to-read-radio-times-readers-submissions-to-bbc-consultation

The conclusion can only be he IS compromised, not because he dated a prostitute, but because his integrity is compromised by a corrupt agenda to dismantle the BBC for Murdoch.

 

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4 hours ago, WykeTyke said:

 

This would be gold for the Murdoch media but they sat on it, which raises the question why?   Media regulation / Leveson Inquiry is one possible explanation.

Another is that perhaps this 'cover up' is in return for this chaps constant attack on the BBC and public sector broadcasting.

Which serves Murdoch real interest more and I think this is where the real meat of this story is.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/11/john-whittingdale-culture-secretary-bbc-charter-renewal

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/john-whittingdale-claims-he-is-not-dismantling-the-bbc-and-that-its-future-is-not-under-threat-10473346.html

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-03-15/jonathan-dimbleby-slams-governments-astonishing-failure-to-read-radio-times-readers-submissions-to-bbc-consultation

The conclusion can only be he IS compromised, not because he dated a prostitute, but because his integrity is compromised by a corrupt agenda to dismantle the BBC for Murdoch.

 

A spot-on analysis WT. The press had investigated this relationship at the time. They door stepped where he lived and spoke to neighbours. They even staked out the place where the woman worked from. This had all the ingredients which would have meant that there would've been a rush to publish in the past - senior politician, a member of a moral campaign, "call-girl" (to use the tabloid term), sex dungeon (tabloid term again) ..... and yet the press sat on it!!

Are we to believe that the British press have since been afflicted with a bout of moral conscience about the private life of a public figure? Of course not. Just look at the legal lengths that the tabloids are currently going to in their desire to publish the names & details of the celeb 3sum. Instead the real reason is lies in the direction that the press wanted to use this to hold over Whittingdale's head in the implementation of the second part of the Levenson inquiry, and also to force Whittingdale to be resolute in his commitment to progress Murdoch's long held desire to see the break-up and privatisation of elements of the BBC

Corruption among the political elite and the press barons is alive and well in the UK folks!

 

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On 4/15/2016 at 7:34 AM, Lick n Suck said:

A spot-on analysis WT. The press had investigated this relationship at the time. They door stepped where he lived and spoke to neighbours. They even staked out the place where the woman worked from. This had all the ingredients which would have meant that there would've been a rush to publish in the past - senior politician, a member of a moral campaign, "call-girl" (to use the tabloid term), sex dungeon (tabloid term again) ..... and yet the press sat on it!!

Are we to believe that the British press have since been afflicted with a bout of moral conscience about the private life of a public figure? Of course not. Just look at the legal lengths that the tabloids are currently going to in their desire to publish the names & details of the celeb 3sum. Instead the real reason is lies in the direction that the press wanted to use this to hold over Whittingdale's head in the implementation of the second part of the Levenson inquiry, and also to force Whittingdale to be resolute in his commitment to progress Murdoch's long held desire to see the break-up and privatisation of elements of the BBC

Corruption among the political elite and the press barons is alive and well in the UK folks!

 

what could they hold over him? unmarried bloke has sex with unmarried  woman who makes her living legally.  !00% boring.

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Only thing that is suprising is those that think it's newsworthy?   It's all just made for the reader.

Nothing to see, move along.

 

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Unfortunately, I'm told the Mail On Sunday has published rather a lot.  I think it's nobody's damn business what he did in his private life, and I'm not really signed up to the conspiracy theory that it was all about having a hold over him.  Private Eye had already published something, so it wasn't a 'cover up'.  I'd like to think it was 'not news' and the post-Leveson era was working, but the super injunctions going around suggest not.  

What sticks in my craw is the hypocrisy of Hacked Off trying to make out there's a public interest defence for publishing, even though the reporting goes against everything they supposedly stand for and they just resent his discarding of the Leveson recommendations. Now the existence of the relationship is out in the open, their only reason for him to resign ex post is 'oh he might have more skeletons in his closet'.  Which is just a vile attitude and anti-democratic.

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On ‎14‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 7:51 PM, newnortherner said:

I almost have sympathy for a government minister, which is rare.  Agree it is a non-story.

If the guy concerned was not chairman of the committee on press etc. It is clear that there is a perception that he could be "leant on" and he is therefore open to suspicion. It may be an unfounded suspicion but many of us have our doubts seeing has how the Govt. has changed its mind on press freedom.

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