Gordon Brown really put his foot in it today - see here - being heard saying things he didn't expect anyone to hear and didn't want anyone to hear. He's terribly apologetic, of course. Because he got caught.
And that's the thing that bugs me. Not because I desire intimate knowledge of everything that is said behind closed doors (no thanks – some things are simply not my business) but because I hate falsehood and duality, and long to see some genuine integrity in people. It's not about getting caught or not; it's about who you really are, deep down. That's why I like the Dennis Skinner/Anne Widdecombe-type politicians – they aren't trying to impress or suck up to anyone. I want to be like that. I want to be the same person, whoever you put me with. I don't want to change myself dependent on my audience.
Our Prime Minister has had accusations and rumours floating around for ages concerning his 'private character' (eg. being thin-skinned, quick to blame others, bullying etc.), stuff that has now come into the light. But the thing is, no one is flawless; we know that. It's the pretending to be something you're not that bugs people. No one is perfect, so why did he pretend to be? Why does anyone? Pretending – putting on an act – is lying. Why do we feel the need?
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight,
and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Gordon put his foot in it, like we all do. He's a flawed person, as we all are. But one day we will all realise that we are perfectly known and still completely loved anyway. We never needed to pretend in the first place.