Politicians and business people should know by now that no comment that they make is 'secret, 'behind closed doors' or 'off the record'.

There is always someone willing to break a confidence, take footage on a mobile device or invite people to attend who really should not be there.

Even the selection of location can be a problem.  Recent meetings of the Parliamentary Labour Party are said to have taken place in rooms that journalists can peer into.

Once the information is out there - across all forms of media - then the damage is done.  It is very difficult to fight back but reputations should always be rebuilt.

If only the time and effort had been invested early on.