The news that Mark Oaten blames his baldness for his midlife crisis is certainly parting the nation's opinion neatly down the middle. There are some who feel that losing one's hair is hardly an excuse to inaugurate a same-sex relationship behind one's wife's back at around the same time as one is running for the leadership of one of the country's major political parties.
On the other hand, there are those men whose reaction to the bad news of their baldness would differ from Oaten's only in the details. Maybe not a rent boy, and maybe not the Lib Dems - but, on the whole, they can see where he is coming from.
Oaten had an interesting mea culpa in yesterday's Times.