Embarrassing illnesses, politicians and medical records

Of particular concern to me about the latest political scandal is the idea that the leader of the Conservative party was to be invited to publish his “full financial and medical records” apparently as a way to reassure the public that he had not had a sexually transmitted disease.

It is difficult to see how a political class offering sympathy to a recently bereaved father a few weeks ago can turn nasty so quickly. It is also rather disappointing to see that STIs are still as wearily ”embarrassing” as ever. But one thing is clear to me - no politician should ever be allowed to make his medical records public. It would only make political stupidity seem reasonable, and in any case, it is no one’s business but the person who the record is about.

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