When it comes to sexual relationships, one at a time has always struck me as a good idea.
The reaction to Tiger Woods’ tales or straying suggests that my view may be regarded as unusual.
Some reckon whatever happened should be between him and his wife – and possibly his children – oh and the several other women with whom he’s had liaisons.
I have some sympathy with that. If it’s not about golf or his public life, it’s not our business and prolonged publicity will only make it harder for his wife and children.
But there’s a difference between leaving his private life private and condoning what he did.
Of all the reactions to the stories of Woods’ infidelity, what surprises me most is the attitude that there’s nothing wrong with it, summed up by Peter Williams in his Herald column:
He shouldn’t be ashamed. He’s far from the first. And there will be plenty more to follow.
He isn’t the first and won’t be the last, but why shouldn’t he be ashamed?
Work which takes partners away from each other can’t be easy – just look at how many MPs’ marriages fail – and there must be plenty of temptation for a fit, famous and wealthy man.
But are men – and women, because infidelity isn’t confined to blokes – really incapable of maintaining loving monogamous relationships even when they’re apart?