Daily Archives: 4 March 2006

He should have just stuck with a TESSA

(the headline doesn’t work quite as well with ISA)

I think I’m about the only person on Earth who is actually sympathetic to Tessa Jowell’s plight over the past week. I have some insight into the stresses of public life, how it screws up politicians’ personal lives and the degree to which they depend on being able to trust their friends and loved ones. It doesn’t surprise me that she might leave a major financial decision to her husband, even when £350,000 is involved.

Today’s announcement of their decision to split all too clearly demonstrate that she genuinely didn’t know what he was up to. It was clearly a betrayal of trust on his part to not tell her – I can see how that might destroy a marriage.

We don’t all have the luxury of falling in love with the right person. In Tessa Jowell’s case, she appears to have fallen for a complete shit. Rather than hounding her out of office, politicians should pause for thought before judging her too harshly.