I noticed a brief clip of Liberal Chris Pyne saying yesterday that private lives of politicians have by and large been left alone. In these latter more desperate days this tradition seems to be evaporating before our eyes.
One can see little good come of this. Despite the fact that Rann has been highly successful (well at least he has managed to stay in office for a long time) we, the public, will see his legacy reduced to some grubby little stories about an alleged affair.
Is this appropriate? does it matter?
To my mind it does matter whether a person lies or not. It does matter if they treat other people (however consensually) poorly!
This was the problem with the Lewinski affair. Clinton lied. He treated Lewinski poorly,and his wife even worse.
There seem to be some elements in this present business that may have the same sort of thing.
All in all, were I Mike Rann I would be inclined to think that enough is enough, and it's time to go. But I won't hold my breath!