On BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze last night, we discussed hypocrisy in the wake of Michael Gove’s admission that he had used cocaine on a number of occasions some two decades ago.
Since many leading politicians have admitted using illegal drugs at some stage in their lives, should they all be condemned? Isn’t this to set the bar of behaviour impossibly high? Or is it only right that any person in a position of authority who has shown a contempt for the law should suffer the consequences? And is hypocrisy an offence which trumps all the others?
Our witnesses were libertarian political blogger Paul Staines aka “Guido Fawkes”, former Tory MP Edwina Currie, author and psychotherapist Aaron Balick and writer Theo Hobson. My fellow panellists were Giles Fraser, Tim Stanley and Kehinde Andrews. You can listen to the programme here.