So is Ruth Kelly expected to be a politician first or a parent?
The latest furore (non-story?) involving a Labour politician making a choice about their child’s schooling seems to throw up just such a conundrum (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/default.stm).
Or, perhaps, the more pertinent question is why can’t she be both?
Amongst the many other soundbites of this Government has been a stated desire to make Parliament a more family-friendly institution and create a better work-life balance for MPs.
Yet we still get reactions like this when a politician make what is, at the end of the day, a private decision that has absolutely no bearing on their role as a MP or a Cabinet member.
So much for caring, sharing politics.