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>Perhaps the greatest campaigning wife is the one who isn’t?


The news seems to be full of images of the party leaders out campaigning dutifully followed behind by their wives, usually a few steps behind and to one side.

Surely it would be more impressive if we admitted a touch of reality to this election process.  The majority of wives cannot just drop their job or abandon their young children in order to follow their husband around as he does his job.  I’d no more consider following Mr Muddling around on one of his work trips to provide ‘support’, than he would consider doing the same for me.

I’m not voting for their wives, not really interested in their ‘fashion’ choices or their carefully scripted off the cuff comments about their invariably happy family lives.  I’m not convinced by the video footage of everyone playing happy families.

I’m worried that if politicians aren’t honest with us about their lives then how can we trust them on the wider issues of running our country and getting our economy back on track.

Let’s be honest, having small children doesn’t mean that you are living the life portrayed in a Boden catalogue.

Yes there may be fleeting minutes when its all working fine but the reality is bickering over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher, trying to avoid being the one to change the toxic morning nappy and struggling to get out of the house in the morning with all the things you need and no baby sick or Weetabix on your jacket.

I’m not sure if it is intentional, a reaction to what the other parties are doing but the Liberal leader, Nick Clegg, isn’t dragging his wife around like an accessory.  Miriam González Durántez has stated quite frankly that ““I don’t have a job I can abandon for five weeks and I imagine that’s true for most people” which is really rather refreshing.

Perhaps politicians need to realise that we aren’t stupid, that we can see past the carefully constructed facade and that perhaps what we are looking for is a Prime Minister who is an equal partner in his marriage and doesn’t view his wife as a convenient backdrop at his public appearances.

Perhaps we need to find a politician that really understands families where both parents work and perhaps that will give us a Government that understands the needs of these families and how to support and help us.

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13 comments to >Perhaps the greatest campaigning wife is the one who isn’t?

  • It's a Mummys Life

    >Couldn't agree more. I guest posted at Typecast last week about this, although I admit I am quite interested in the wives as a good indicator of the men they support. But hats off to Miriam.

  • Notes to self plus two

    >Great post!
    Refreshing I'd say.
    I am also impressed that googling the Cleggs I discover they have 3 children I had no idea about.

  • PhotoPuddle

    >I agree. Great post.

  • Catharine Withenay

    >I agree. Then again, if I was campaigning, I'd love the support of my husband as often as possible. Can we have it both ways?

  • make do mum

    >I feel a bit sorry for the wives – the tabloids love to have a dig at them. Miriam is very sensible to stay out of the limelight and do her own thing. I wonder if she would be expected to give up her job if Nick was PM?

  • auntiegwen

    >I always liked what Billy Connolly said about politicians "Don't vote, it encourages them!"

  • Rose

    >I completely agree I'm not voting for a wife and I am not voting for a President- I am voting for a party which is well run so yes the leader is important but it is not the be all and end all and this focus on individuals is a shame.

    I also think it's a shame for the wives as they are untrained and must feel some pressure. I actually think they all come across quite well but what I think of them shouldn't matter!

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    >I think it's about time these politicians started living in the real world. I'm sure they'd enjoy it.

    CJ xx

  • 1 husband, 2 kids (and lots of books)

    >I feel most sorry for Sam Cameron because – apart from the obvious issue of being married to David – it must be even more horrible getting dragged around like that when you're pregnant

  • Mwa

    >Absolutely right!
    It would be interesting to see if a female candidate would drag her husband out like that.

  • cartside

    >I had the very same thoughts, and fair play to Miriam for not playing the game. She's got my vote 😉

  • London City Mum

    >Just a point in question: how many people remember Cherie Blair 'not' campaigning alongside her husband back in 1997?
    Amazing how short our memories are, especially as I have been assured first-hand by a number of people that she was a) smarter, and b) more charismatic than her husband.
    Does Nick Clegg know something the other candidates do not?

    LCM x

  • Grit

    >i agree; i've been deeply peed off by the way women are used here; it's patronising and demeaning, and puts women in the position of accessories. it may be the beginning of my own clegmanic moment.

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