Thursday, 11 March 2010

Should Samantha run?

Conservative Home is reporting that Samantha Cameron will be actively involved in the Tory campaign. David Cameron is reported as saying that;
Britain should "get ready" and prepare to see "a lot more" of his wife, Samantha, on the campaign trail during the general election.

TBH, I'm not sure if it's a good idea to have spouses prominently involved in campaigning. It's difficult to see how they add value. They cannot talk policy and they cannot campaign openly. All they can be is "not be a disaster". The best PM spouses have been Mary Wilson, Dennis Thatcher and Norma Major (until she too got involved in campaigning). The only way that a spouse can add value is by not subtracting it by doing something silly or going off message.

 If I was Dave, I would use her sparingly if at all, (same goes for Sarah Brown). The potential for trouble far outweighs the potential for gain.

File under: more trouble than it's worth...

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