Until I read today's Telegraph, I had no idea that sex addiction is a disease, beyond the control of those it who suffer from its debilitating affects. Clearly sufferers deserve sympathy and understanding from their partners, rather than condemnation. I suspect that its a much more common disease than is normally appreciated, and many sufferers are forced to keep their affliction secret. Just imagine the hell and personal distress that would result from flying women out to a £6,000-a-night presidential suite at a hotel in Monte Carlo, drinking champagne and expensive wine and then taking part in sex acts. Despite extending my deepest sympathy, I don't feel that I can allow the problems currently being faced by 65 year old Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay to pass without comment. This blog seeks to comment on the unusual. He has 'admitted' that he has been fighting the terrible disease of sex addiction all of his adult life. He is to undergo six weeks therapy in South Africa to help him in his battle against disease. Like Rabies, sex addiction is incurable. His Lordship has also admitted that self help is rarely successful. So he is heading for South Africa in search of long term help "not to cure, but to prevent any relapse".
I do think some of the comments on Guido Fawkes' post on this sensitive issue are unnecessarily frivolous. 'It makes you proud to be British' and 'I want to share his shame' demonstrate an uncalled for lack of sympathy. While it seems that it would be unrealistic to wish Lord Laidlaw a full recovery, I do hope he at least succeeds in establishing a long period of remission.