Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Candidate's Wife

Just when I thought I'd have some time to get back to blog my partner, Michael Wood, was selected as the Labour candidate for the Botany by-election on March 5th. 

It's an amazing opportunity, and will be taking up a lot of my time and energy for the next wee while.  We've had to re-juggle our divison of labour, and I'm not sure if this will mean I have more or less time to blog, as I'll be upping my childcare duties and it's hard to tell if that might result in a bit more time at home waiting for a child to awaken or be ready for pick up from their centre.  We shall see!

What I can say for sure, right now, is that I'm unlikely to be writing anything about the Botany by-election.  Anything I did write would be taken as conflicted, no matter how perceptive or neutral or just downright correct, so I'm going to stay away from it here. 

This should not of course stop my fellow bloggers from covering Botany to their heart's content.  We don't operate an editorial line here at all, so you can safely assume that anything anyone else blogs about the Botany by-election has not been vetted or suggested by me or Michael or his campaign team.  Just wanted to make that crystal.

In due course, after the by-election, I may write something reflecting on the experience of being The Candidate's Wife.  I've been one before, he's been The Candidate's Husband, and we've both run together (and been elected too) recently, but this time is different because it's so high profile.  There will be new experiences for me both behind the scenes and in the public eye, and I hope to share my thoughts in time.

Thanks for your patience with my blog absence, and for keeping on keeping on, it's nice to be superfluous :-)


stargazer said...

congratulations to michael, he's a wonderful candidate & i wish him all the best. i'm not going to pretend neutrality: i think he deserves to win! hope it's not too stressful for you. take care.

Boganette said...

I second what Stargazer said. I'm thrilled for you and Michael. And I totally think he deserves to win as well! Congratulations.

Julie said...

Thanks :-) Chances of winning are pretty low, but then we have already had a surprise electoral victory in the last six months in our household!

Anonymous said...

Give up now, he is already beaten. In fact I hope he comes third so it will teach him to have greater ambition.

His party has already given up on his campaign. Bet that hurts!