Is he sleazy? Yes. Was he wrong to do it? morally wrong? yes. Was he stupid to send a digital copy of his cock over t'interwebs to a woman? yes
Twitter seem to agree, among the humour and cock pictures are some angry tweets about his stupidity and lack of morals.
Already got someone on radio saying about Brooks Newmark it's time to 'draw a line under it'. I say add a moustache and a smiley face too
— P* (@98Apples) September 27, 2014
Pathetically naive and disgusting behaviour with ZERO respect for wife and kids #brooksnewmark
— Dominic Farrell (@DominicFarrell) September 27, 2014
And at first I agreed, after all what sort of creep, married with 5 kids sends pics of his shlong to young women online? but then I had a rethink, what if the MP was a young woman and the journalist had posed as a man? What if the entrapment was the other way round. And again I wasn't alone, lots of people though the entrapment was the disgusting part. That the newspaper and the journalist were to blame, after all, being sleazy is not a crime, betraying your wife, while pretty vile, is a person's own business.
Furious at this Brooks Newmark story. That is not journalism, that's entrapment. Just a disgusting and unnecessary attempt to hurt people
— Darling (@__Darling_) September 28, 2014
A male journo sent Brooks Newmark explicit pics of who knows who as part of a sting operation. Gutter stuff. Shouldn't be resigning issue.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 28, 2014
And again I was swayed. I thought 'yes he's been a fool but so what. the newspaper was in the wrong even more'
But then my husband pointed out that we are in a country in a state of high alert for terrorism, we have parliament recalled for talks on war, and during all that we have MPs that think it's OK to send pictures of their John Thomas to female researchers on twitter because they believe on the strength of a few tweets that the woman is who she says she is.
@Nickking who sets up a fake profile & puts months of work into trying to see some ministerial cock?
That's what I find staggering.
Because a Minister needs to be more savvy. If a journalist can take the time to set up an account and create a false persona online just to get a willy picture, then what would others do to get things they need? Using a cock shot as blackmail would be a beginning but leading to what? secrets shared, information accidentally given or even given deliberately assuming that this new twitter friend was a researcher in the House of Commons so she must have clearance...it's all ok right? Because people online don't lie do they?!
— Andy Smyth (@antisyzygy) September 28, 2014
So for me after all the outrage at the Sunday Mirror, and the laughter at Brooks Newmark's paisley pyjamas, after all the moral outrage on behalf of his family, I'm left thinking that the biggest question is why we allow MPs onto social media with so little training, they do not seem to understand the basic lesson that I teach my 14 year old.