Lord Browne resigned as chief executive from BP on May 1 with immediate effect. This move was in response to a court battle he had lost. He had unsuccessfully tried to stop a newspaper from printing details of his relationship with a rent-boy.
Not only did he lose the case in which he had tried to protect his personal life from total exposure, as only the British tabloids are able to do without shame or regret while digging into the deepest pit that they can find. But he was also found to be lying in his legal documents as presented to the court.in support of his case.
Nobody should really be surprised that said rent-boy had sold his story to a newspaper. It is the nature of the beast, that gets paid for services provided, that a payment for the story would also fall under services provided in this instance obviously to the media. In a way The Mail on Sunday, the newspaper involved, has bought into the same service.
In due course, this exposure of Lord Browne will drop out of the news. And it is fairly certain that even though Lord Browne has suffered financial loss due to his early resignation, he will not starve. He might even have more time now to write his memoirs, which should make for interesting reading.
The real shame is the fact that Lord Browne has had to hide his sexuality all his life. It seems pointless for people to say that he should not have hesitated to ‘come out’. The inference seems to be that society is more understanding and open to homosexuality. Lord Browne, a shrewd and highly successful business man would have evaluated the situation and realised that his career would have been over if he had admitted to being gay. The decision to try to keep this affair covered up, could not have been made easily.
With all the modern thinking, open society and laws to protect the rights of people no matter their *** preference it is nevertheless a great sad fact of life that gays and lesbians do not have the same acceptance as worthy human beings as heterosexuals have. It is therefore hardly surprising that they would feel the need to lie about their sexuality and to have to be furtive about their relationships.
Anja Merret lives in Brighton, UK. Her personal blog http://www.anjamerret.com allows her to voice opinions on issues that interest her and observations she makes.
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