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Laura Perrins: I don’t want a PM who misses Cabinet to put the kids to bed. Thanks Nigel for some refreshing honesty


I am glad I never married Nigel Farage, as I would never have seen him. However, I do admire him for his honesty. Finally, a male politician has said what we all know already – politicians never see their families.

Farage has four children from two marriages. He admits he is fanatically single-minded when it comes to his political career. It is refreshing to see a politician admit the truth when it comes to family life – you do not have one. With brutal honesty he tells us: “I have spent far too little time with my children and family.

“I’ve got four children through two marriages. I don’t think that many women would have made the choice that I have done because my family life has suffered hugely.

“In an ideal world children benefit from having some sense of stability, with preferably two parents and not one. And that really, for more than the last decade, has not been the case with me.”

So there we have it. No nonsense about running home for bedtime or changing nappies, no fluff about tickling toesies. Farage is selfish, and spent far too little time with his children.

Although less than an ideal husband and father (by his own admission) he has gone up in my estimation as a politician (I am sure he is delighted by this). This is because he has acknowledged what a demanding job politics is.

Whenever I hear these stories about Cameron and Clegg running home for bath time or delaying Cabinet meetings to do the school run it makes my blood boil. I have no doubt that their spin doctors put these fairy tales out there to improve their image with women, especially mothers, but as a ‘woman-mother’ I am not impressed.

David Cameron is the Prime Minister with the code to the nukes – he has no business doing the school run. No business at all, especially if it interferes with his job of running the country and delaying Cabinet meetings.

We were told back in 2010 that Cameron and that numpty Clegg “both rearranged their work schedules to give them some time for ‘normal’ family life.”

They should be ashamed of themselves putting their own selfish desire for a ‘normal life’ ahead of Britain’s interests. If they wanted a normal life they should not have gone into politics. We can only hope that they are returned to normal life after the election.

Thankfully, the Churchills were not beguiled by this modern garbage. Clementine Churchill supported her husband in his quite important job of being Prime Minister when Britain was at war. She took care of the houses (plural) and children. And for this we should be very grateful. She was not on the phone ordering Winston to leave his War Cabinet meeting early for bedtime or to delay war strategy so he could bring the kids to school. Can you imagine if she was pulling those kinds of tricks? Yes, best not to.

If politicians wives are not up to do the single-married mother thing and want to continue demanding careers that is up to them, but they should hire a nanny or an au pair. Better still, hire an au pair and a nanny if you can afford it. Both parties should be honest about what a career in politics involves if they care about the country and it does not involve doing the school run.

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