David Laws has resigned and the story has more or less moved along.  For my part I know and like David a lot and his loss is a real blow to the Liberal Democrats, the Government and the country.  But most of all this was a personal story.

So I was appalled by the decision of Stonewall’s Chief Executive Ben Summerskill to take the airwaves and print media to launch his own mini-campaign against David.

The very organisation that you would expect to have the courage to stand up and explain the moral realities of being gay and struggling with a public life failed us all.

When Mr Summerskill chose this moment to explain that people who hide their sexuality should expect no sympathy when things fall apart, he launched a highly personal attack on all those who have yet to speak to their parents, stand up in their school and playground, their workplace or indeed in the public eye.

There is no shortage of those in the political arena who are willing to chuck around a few cheap points, or even make specific and legitimate points about expenses and the rules.  But here was a chance for Stonewall to sound the reasonable tone, to show some understanding, to reflect that this sort of situation where people mess up their lives to hide their sexuality is not unusual.

I found Mr Summerskill’s public line insensitive, aggressive and cheap. I don’t see how he felt it helped Stonewall, gay people (closeted or otherwise) or how it helped society to see the whole picture.

It did however, have the presumably deliberate effect of getting Mr Summerskill into the story, the headlines, promoting himself – maybe I misunderstood and that was the motivation after all rather than the formal, proper and incredibly constructive role Stonewall has as a prominent charity.

Sadly, Stonewall’s approach now seems to be that if you don’t come out you deserve anything you get.

For my part I’m no longer prepared to support or advocate Stonewall under the leadership of Mr Summerskill.