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Cherie Blair – Tightrope Walker, Juggler, Tony Blair’s Wife

by | 23rd, March 2007

housewife.jpg “A BABY is born. A child develops a high fever. The boiler breaks down. A parent suffers a stroke. These are the everyday events that throw a working woman’s delicate balance between work and family into chaos,” says Cherie Blair, wife to Tony Blair.

Cherie might be a consummate juggler but she’d drop some balls after a day like that.

The self-styled First Lady of British politics is addressing a London conference organised by the left-of-centre think-tank Demos.

The debate it on the family and the future role of carers. It’s the kind of debate attended by people who aren’t due to give birth, have no need to wait in for a plumber to arrive to fix the knackered boiler and whose parents do not need wheeling into the middle of the road or casualty. Or else they’ve come along to look busy and leave someone else to do the real work?

Cherie is there. Leo Blair, her youngest is not. Perhaps he is at home with his dad. Mum is responsible for “buying children’s presents and clothes, making sure the fridge was stocked or writing Christmas cards”, says Cherie. But dad can make an effort.

As Cherie says: “The Government has begun to talk about the importance of men’s role as active fathers, not just as breadwinners. It has introduced supportive legislation such as two weeks’ statutory paternity leave. But society will need to do more in the future to help them.”

Nodding so hard we almost nod off, we jolt ourselves into action and realise that Cherie earns more than Tony. Perhaps he should give up his job and stay in more to look after the nippers?

“I am always quite astonished when I read surveys about how many hours of housework men are supposed to do, because in my experience they don’t do any at all,” says she.

Can it be than when Tony’s finished sweating into his shirt, he fails to wash the thing,

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