Because you see this really doesn’t sound quite right to me?
You see, Mr Muddling insisted on coming to the Registry Office for the whole 10 minutes it took to register each of our girls and because we’re married he didn’t have to but it took 10 minutes.
He was determined to affirm that this was his child as much as it was mine and to make sure that he was named as father.
That there wasn’t a blank box on the birth certificate or I gave them a stupid middle name*.
And a quick check with a friend who wasn’t married at the time they registered their baby confirms that it doesn’t take any longer if you’re not married and both of you are there – same information, just needs two signatures not just one.
So why has Ed Milliband not put his name on his child’s birth certificate?
Is it some post feminist statement by his partner? Is it a lack of commitment on his part?
Either way could he just man up and say what exactly it is.
Because let’s be frank, its not about not having had the time in the last 18 months to do the paperwork.
Or actually if he really didn’t have the time to do that paperwork and to say this is my child then is he really the sort of person we want as a role model? And what on earth does that actually say to his child? Um darling I love you but not enough to spend 10 minutes in a Registry Office signing a bit of paper. Could you not play with my important papers because Daddy is too busy doing political stuff to be involved?
Yes, becoming Labour leader means increased scrutiny but surely it also allows us to challenge you on choices like these?
*its a family thing – Mr Muddling has one of those…. sigh