Friday, January 26, 2007

How to Live With a Politician

I've just helped Damian Green's wife Alicia Collinson publish a book called POLITICS FOR PARTNERS: HOW TO LIVE WITH A POLITICIAN. It's a book about the pitfalls of living with a politician and what to do about it. I guess it's aim is to warn political spouses what they may be letting themselves in for. There are some cracking anecdotes and illustrations. Anyway, if you're in politics and you want to frighten the living daylights out of your partner, this book's for you. Buy it HERE!

UPDATE: Mary Ann Sieghart wrote about it in T2 yesterday HERE. She writes: "It has section headings such as “Don’t suffer in silence on your own” and “Suspend your own ego?” Ego-suspension, in fact, is the theme of the book. No one is interested in your opinion unless it is controversially different from your partner’s, in which case you’re both in trouble. As Collinson writes: “It can be extremely difficult to tread the line between being controversial and being entertaining. When meeting someone for the first time, err on the side of caution.” Edna Healey, wife of Denis, told me some years ago that politicians’ wives can’t win: “If you say ‘This is what I believe’, people either say ‘She only thinks that because Denis does’ or ‘Fancy Denis Healey’s wife thinking something like that!’

14 comments:

Charlotte Corday said...

Er, have I understood correctly? Mary Ann Bighead writing in "The Times" about "How to Suspend Your Own Ego." It sounds like one of those running gags about articles you are unlikely to read.

Voyager said...

La Sieghart also wrote about the upright Ruth Turner and I wondered just how much contact journalists have had with Ms Turner in her job

Anonymous said...

off track, just seen this.

During the Second Reading of Baroness (Sue) Miller’s Public Demonstrations (Repeals) Bill, the minister announced that instead of supporting her Bill, the Government would instead soon be announcing other locations where they intend to curtail the right to protest.

http://thejournal.parker-joseph.co.uk/blog

Ken from Gloucester said...

ANONYMOUS 5.41 pm

That will be outside Blair,s house when he leaves (kicked out) Downing Street!!

I would go so far as to put a small bet on this!!

verity said...

I cannot imagine why anyone would want to marry or live with a politician.

Mary Ann Boring ... eh? I'm sure it's ravishing read with loads of sparkling wit and amusing turns of phrase.

Anonymous said...

C4 got it right then, anything to stop brian haws...haha

Anonymous said...

Did Mrs Oaten contribute?

verity said...

Who is Damian Green, btw? I wish the book success, but I don't know that enough people would be interested in exploring the subject of living with a politician. Still, Iain has a record of success in publishing ...

Too bad Mary Ann Boring got hold of it. I hope she didn't put people off.

Anonymous said...

"Fancy Denis Healey’s wife"

you do write the funniest things, Iain!

Anonymous said...

"the upright Ruth Turner"

I'm sure most prefer the horizontal grand version!

Anonymous said...

Who is Damian Green, btw?

President of The Oxford Union 1977 when Alan Duncan was Librarian as I recall.....and Nick O'Shaughnessy Secretary......and Ceiri Roberts was Damian's girlfriend.

He was at Balliol and started life at Citibank I thought. His father was MD of Thames Valley Newspapers or something......

Little Willie Hague and Guy Hands were a year or two behind us all.......and

Memories....

HM Stanley said...

Verity:

Where have you been? I have missed you terribly!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"the upright Ruth Turner"

I'm sure most prefer the horizontal grand version!

Blair certainly does.

Anonymous said...

What we, the public need, is a book telling us how to divorce the growing number of polticians who betray us.