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Lord Smith: The Sunday Times was aware I was HIV positive – and agreed not to publish it for two years

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  1. Derek Williams 13 Oct 2013, 12:19pm

    Remarkable in so many ways, acknowledgement that a Lord could be gay, that he could be HIV positive, AND that the Sunday Times had the human decency to allow him to marshall his resources before making these dramatic disclosures.

    Respect to all involved.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Oct 2013, 2:58pm

      Indeed! What still amazes me and probably will for a very long time is that the amount of support in the Lords for the Marriage Bill was higher than in the Commons. Astonishing! I believe support was 73% in the Lords and 69% in the Commons. It really has changed my opinion of the upper chamber although I still think it should be an elected body and Anglican bishops removed.

  2. Jock S. Trap 13 Oct 2013, 12:23pm

    I applaud The Times for keeping this to themselves as Lord Smith asked when so many others like the Daily Mail would have used it to try and destroy a people in the same way they did with Lucy Meadows.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Oct 2013, 12:49pm

    Kudos to the Times for respecting Lord Smith’s wishes. At least one decent newspaper and quality journalism unlike the yellow rag that is the Mail wherein facts and truth aren’t taken seriously and replaced with sensationalism and distortion to attract the dregs of society to bolster its profit margin.

  4. David Cade 13 Oct 2013, 2:44pm

    Indeed! Kudos and respect to Chris Smith.

  5. At the time he didn’t have a peerage and so the “Lord” thing didn’t come into it.

  6. So the Times didn’t publish his private medical information when asked not to do so, great.
    The fact they considered doing so in the first place is appalling, if unsurprising. We must have pretty low standards for journalism when the press gets credit for not doing something horrible.

  7. This is such atypical behaviour for a Murdock paper that my first thought is to wonder if they got him to do something as a condition of their silence, and if so, what.

  8. not very worthy of you (or anyone in fact) katsmeat. I doubt someone with the integrity shown by Smith over the years would have agreed such a proposal, if made. It’s a short jump from wondering to accusing. I suggest you back off before you get into deep water. If you find any facts, by all means go ahead. Otherwise, keep your wondering and innuendo to yourself.

  9. And Tony Blair didn’t think that gay and lesbian equality was worthwhile as its own reason for being, but needed “persuading”.

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