I have kept fairly silent about my own political leanings as I work in Local Government and as such, I am sworn to secrecy, unable to comment as an insider. However, I thought I could bring the latest political news down to my own level. You know, as a reader of Red, The Sun (it was there on the coffee table- I didn’t buy it), The Mail in Sunday (OK, I bought that for the Sunday magazine), The Times (the hubby is a Conservative), Chat, Now (that was the children’s aunties fault), Museums Journal (it just keeps turning up) and of course a watcher of Eastenders (I am not ashamed to watch something that addresses important social issues).
In a nutshell, marriage is a coalition. Two parties each with their own interests, joining together for a common cause. That becomes even more pertinent when you have children. So, I think we may be able to measure the success of this coalition by looking at how the party leaders manage their marriages and home life. In fact, I am sure that one of the above rags will be probably writing this very article as we speak. It will be a more considered article as they don’t have a baby hanging off their leg and Spiderman and His Amazing Friends on the television. However, from my extensive reading of the above media, I gather and predict that this Liberal Democrat/Conservative alliance may work very well. This is why:
- Nick Clegg accepted his wife’s decision not to go on the campaign trail, rather she was allowed to go to work normally. He is clearly a man that listens, empathises with situations and ultimately does as he is told.
- David Cameron likes to run a clean modern household, furniture is designer and minimalist. A minimalist approach will be good. He looks as if he has managed to position himself as the stronger party in his marriage. As he has the upper hand in the coalition he can use the skills he has learnt at home to manage Nick Clegg.
- Samantha Cameron is clearly a woman who has a love of small boutiques, playing a large part in one of her own and according to all accounts enjoys a bit of shopping and partying alongside friends who include Kirstie (of and Phil fame). This bodes well for small business.
- I am told that one of the leaders went to public school, one did not. Experience in both areas can only be good.
- Both marriages have been very secure through personal ups and downs and despite differences in background. Working well together as a team on a personal front will have provided the leaders with experience that they can bring to their professional lives.
- Both appear to live in semi- detached houses, they clearly have the ability to tolerate others.
There you have it, all the evidence suggests that they can work well as a team, they have the experience.
So what am I looking forward to? Yes, I am shallow, but ultimately I am looking forward to seeing the fashions we are presented with. I imagine something more directional than with the previous team, I think that there may even be a reprisal in prominence of British designers thanks to the Sam and Dave effect. This can only be interesting. The rest, I guess we will all have to live with whatever they do. I have been part of a coalition for over ten years, six formally.