"IT IS AN uncomfortable feeling to have 30 or 40 photographers outside your front door plus television crews with generator vans and a general atmosphere of being in the dock in some way. In my case I have always made it a rule not to make any comment on the behaviour or the motives of the various young ladies who are being manipulated by their public relations advisers. I think that a personal relationship is a personal relationship and if they want to publicise theirs it's down to them, and I've always said that I hope that they are being properly rewarded for doing so.
It was actually my wife Jane who sorted me out when I was getting a slight persecution mania about this on about the third day of the siege [in the Harkess affair, see Number 21] when she said: 'Do pull yourself together and stop whingeing. Think how much you would be enjoying it if it was being written about one of your colleagues.' And I think that actually illustrates that we don't really have any right to complain; it's all part of the fun, all part of the game. But I must emphasise that I don't really regard sexual misbehaviour, unless it is against the law, as being culpable - it is not the same as taking bribes, however they may be concealed or dressed up."Reuse content