We, the “ordinary” Mums…..

Dear politicians…..we, the “ordinary” mums are not a frontier to be conquered.

I for one would not be won over by a postcard if I resided in “the marginals”.

I do not care if Cameron leaves skidmarks in the loo.

I feel NO affinity for SamCam whatsoever. I much prefer and admire the work of Sarah Brown yet cannot frankly bear her husband.

I don’t trust a lot of the old guard. I feel the need for change. I want to work and have a family but I don’t want to choose which one to destroy.

I go on Mumsnet or Babycentre to talk to other mums, not politicians. I read the papers, I listen to the radio, but I am often feeding a baby, sorting out car insurance, doing the Tesco shop or wiping someone’s bottom at the same time so forgive me for missing some of your policy points.

I want fairness. I would prefer it if you paid me or my husband rather than grandparents to stay home with our children.

I am aspirational but also realistic.

I don’t want it all but I want to succeed in the areas I choose to pursue. I don’t want to work badly enough to tread water for 10 years while my kids are young and watch my male counterparts overtake me in every area of the workforce.

I don’t want to live in London but I do want a career.

Most of all, I want to be represented.

All male debates are no more than panto politics to me and do not engage me. “Personality politics” surely disadvantages the majority of politicians….?

I will not be patronised by politicians.

I care about the environment but I care about my children being taught by a teacher, rather than a teaching assistant more.

I care about the treatment of prisoners and the reources for the armed forces but I am more worried about the lack of midwives and the inability of social services to focus on social issues due to the volume of paperwork they seem to have to do.

I think, I write, I campaign, I contribute and I try my best to engage.

And finally, there is NOTHING ordinary about this, or any other, Mum.

#pbr — when is a banker bonus not a banker bonus….(aka you did your best Darling)

…when it is (not so) cleverly disguised as a ….?

After the #pbr announcement this afternoon, I put up a quick Twitter question regarding how Darling will be able to police how bonuses are paid and how banks *may* decide to reward bankers without using the B word….here are some of the replies.  Any more to add?

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Cross posted with my employer’s blog

Obama FTW!

obama-wants-you-to-sign-up-for-obamarama1Finally we can ask the question and see the answer so many were waiting for:

Is Obama President?

As we all wake up this morning, news of Obama’s victory is everywhere.

As I sat up (as I always do..for as long as I can) watching the results come in, I was kept highly amused and entertained by the folks on my Twitterfeed.

I stayed up til around 3am and the pointers were all there for a pretty impressive result.  This was my first social network-style election (bar London Mayor).

Chatting to various people in the UK and US, certainly made for an interesting election night, that is without the highlights of Hitchens on the beeb, CNN’s hologram use, Dimbleby’s grumpy mood and Vine’s inability to control the Mission Impossible style touchscreen on occasions amongst others!

The use of social media will no doubt be debated by many along the whole election process as it is one hell of a big case study but as far as I am concerned last night was another win for Twitwatching!