Tuesday 27 June 2017

Want to look stupid and smug? Then play the 'as a mum' card

'With her frequent 'as a mum' remarks, Leadsom has let the cat out of the bag, exposing herself as one of those smug mothers who think that having children is a badge of honour and gives them ‘an edge’ over women who are unable to conceive or who have chosen not to have children.' REUTERS/Neil Hall
'With her frequent 'as a mum' remarks, Leadsom has let the cat out of the bag, exposing herself as one of those smug mothers who think that having children is a badge of honour and gives them ‘an edge’ over women who are unable to conceive or who have chosen not to have children.' REUTERS/Neil Hall
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

Andrea Leadsom yesterday announced her decision to stand down and support Theresa May. The right-wing newspapers backing May can take a breather.

Accusations of media bias arose over the weekend when 'The Times' published an interview with Leadsom that included controversial comments on motherhood. If Leadsom's unique selling point in her campaign to win the Tory leadership was anything to go by, then Leo Varadkar hasn't a snowball's chance of winning the vote for next Fine Gael leader, because he lacks "the edge" and has no "real stake in the future of our country".

According to Leadsom, "[I] genuinely feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She [Theresa May] possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next."

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