Guido Fawkes questions William Hague's relationship with his driver

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According to GF, Hague spent at least two nights with his driver who has since been promoted to a Special Advisor post.

There used to be rumours that Hague was gay but they faded away after he got married. It's a tragedy that politicians still feel the need to live a lie about being gay. The real issue in this case, if Guido is right, is that the young man apparently doesn't have the qualifications for the position he is now in while other more experienced people were overlooked if not shoved out by the move. Being gay or not is irrelevant, though Mrs Hague will hardly be feeling very happy about this.

Exclusive : Hague Shared Night in Hotel Bedroom with SpAd - Guy Fawkes' blog
 


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Is there the slightest evidence that Hague is gay? Given that he's in his forties, and has been in the public eye since a young age, it's hard to imagine there'd be no evidence 'implicating' him by now, if indeed he were gay.

On another thread someone says that there used to be rumours that Blair is gay, even though he clearly isn't. Might it be nothing more than the fact that both men sometimes demonstrate mildly effeminate gestures and tone of voice?
 

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Silly season stuff.
The real problem here is the obsession with sexuality. If two men are friends it's obvious they are gay. How dysfunctional is that? It is this intrusiveness, this kind of innuendo that makes those who are gay want to hide their life and live in the shadows. That is the real problem. Men should be allowed to have close friendships, it should be encouraged even, without having to be subjected to this kind of yellow journalism.
 

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I'd be very careful about this, especially libelwise.

Two things:

1. Suppose that Hague is gay, and that the driver is also. That does not in any way imply that they have had an improper relationship.

2. Drivers often double as security-guards. It might have been a prudent security-precaution for a front-bench politician to have his guard/driver with him in his hotel-room (though not sharing a bed,of course) all night.
 

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Silly season stuff.
The real problem here is the obsession with sexuality. If two men are friends it's obvious they are gay. How dysfunctional is that? It is this intrusiveness, this kind of innuendo that makes those who are gay want to hide their life and live in the shadows. That is the real problem. Men should be allowed to have close friendships, it should be encouraged even, without having to be subjected to this kind of yellow journalism.
Well yes, but IF Hague is gay, he should either a) tell the press his private life is none of their business or b) admit it. I really don't think the British public is that bothered about gay politicians anymore. After all, it never held back Lord Mandelson's political career.
 

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They're all just looking for the next...



A quick Google search brings up this story in The Telegraph, The Mail and Sky...all going back the last week with pictures of Hague and Myres going back over a year.
If there was something in this it'd be out long before now.
 

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Well yes, but IF Hague is gay, he should either a) tell the press his private life is none of their business or b) admit it. I really don't think the British public is that bothered about gay politicians anymore. After all, it never held back Lord Mandelson's political career.
Or the press could just **** off because it was none of their Goddammed business to start with. It's not like he is calling for gay people to be branded with a big 'g' on their face or even limit their human and civil rights in any other way. Why should anyone have to defend themselves in this instance from the piece of ************************ hacks that write this crap. What I am left wondering is why an otherwise reputable blogger is doing with this crap.
 

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They have being hinting at this 4 yonks! It'll only matter if expenses are involved, although hiring a lover as an adviser unless they have a relevant expertise could be a bit dodgy!!
 

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Or the press could just **** off because it was none of their Goddammed business to start with.
That is precisely what Hague could have told them (in more diplomatic terms, of course!) when asked. Instead, if the link above is accurate, he outright denied he was gay. He would have been well within his rights to tell the interviewer that the question was completely ridiculous and did not deserve an answer, but he chose not to. So whether or not he was lying - and from what I can see there's no reason to believe he was - he chose to pander to the press' prurient interest in his private life.
 

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liamfoley said:
Or the press could just **** off because it was none of their Goddammed business to start with.
This story isn't "Hague is gay". It's about a Foreign Secretary appointing his lover as a paid Special Advisor, despite being only 25 years of age and having previously worked as a driver. Then there's the angle of having a sexual relationship with such a member of staff (what's the atmosphere like with other staff in his private office?), and cheating on one's wife.

I mean, don't you think this would be a big deal also if his alleged lover was a woman?

And don't you think the press should be asking questions of Hague's standards and judgment? We're not talking about a politician's private life anymore when it involves one of his "SpAd"s.
 

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Or the press could just **** off because it was none of their Goddammed business to start with. It's not like he is calling for gay people to be branded with a big 'g' on their face or even limit their human and civil rights in any other way. .
Just over 10 years ago, as party leader he whipped a vote in favour of the notoriously homobphobic Section 28, which the Labour government were repealing.

William Hague has come under fierce criticism from within his own party over the decision to sack MP Shaun Woodward from the front bench over his position on gay rights.

Mr Woodward ...told his party he could not support Conservative policy to keep the so-called Section 28 ruling as it might lead to teachers being unable to deal with homophobic bullying within schools.
BBC News | UK POLITICS | Tories split over gay rights sacking

Does that make the current sory "public interest" or not? Even so, I'm still not sure it does.
 

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This story isn't "Hague is gay". It's about a Foreign Secretary appointing his lover as a paid Special Advisor, despite being only 25 years of age and having previously worked as a driver. Then there's the angle of having a sexual relationship with such a member of staff (what's the atmosphere like with other staff in his private office?), and cheating on one's wife.

I mean, don't you think this would be a big deal also if his alleged lover was a woman?

And don't you think the press should be asking questions of Hague's standards and judgment? We're not talking about a politician's private life anymore when it involves one of his "SpAd"s.
And you know they are lovers?
 

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Just over 10 years ago, as party leader he whipped a vote in favour of the notoriously homobphobic Section 28, which the Labour government were repealing.
Indeed; and his voting record for gay rights is poor (the following gives a description of "moderate" but the tally shows he only voted once for gay rights, when the Civil Partnership Bill was basically done and dusted):

William Hague compared to 'Homosexuality - Equal rights'

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And you know they are lovers?
If, and I mean if, Hague promoted this guy because he was his bum chum then the media have a duty to expose it.
 


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