Yesterday lunchtime I spent ten minutes on Radio 2 discussing the Iris Robinson affair with Jeremy Vine and Bea Campbell. It looks like my compassionate side got the better of me, and that her statement yesterday didn't quite tell the full story.
Last night I watched the BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight Documentary about Iris Robinson. For those who didn't see it, it outlined the details of her affair with a 19 year old, who she helped set up in business with two £25,000 cheques from property developers. She failed to declare any interest regarding the money.
Central to the programme were interviews with 19 year old Kirk McCambley and Iris Robinson's former parliamentary assistant Selwyn Black.
It was gripping, and devastating stuff. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Mrs Robinson now faces criminal charges, and on the evidence presented in the programme it seems not unreasonable to assume that she misused public office.
The big question is this: how does it affect the position of her husband, First Minister Peter Robinson. He knew nothing of her arrangements, or her affair, until 1 March last year, it seems. When he found out he ordered the money to be repaid but failed to disclose what he knew to the parliamentary authorities either in Northern Ireland or in London.
If I were being prurient I could repeat the programme's assertion that for a woman who railed against the evils of paedophilia, it was odd for her to have a sexual relationship with someone 40 years her junior. But that's the least of her troubles. At least that isn't illegal - well, not in the law you and I understand. In Iris Robinson's Leviticus dominated worldview, adultery is just as much an abomination as homosexuality - and is from a moral standpoint 'illegal'.
People will now naturally ask how true her confession of mental illness really was. She clearly attempted to kill herself, although we're not told how near she came or how she tried to do it. That in itself is not proof of mental illness. It could just be a sign of a woman with nowhere else to go once she had been found out.
My instant reaction to this programme is that Peter Robinson's position as First Minister is now untenable. It may be that he thinks he can clear his name. That is best done from the backbenches. I speculated yesterday that he was going to resign. I'd say that this morning, that looks a racing certainty.
The BBC has a full report on the programme HERE. Iimagine it will appear on iPlayer shortly.