A report in the Guardian 'headlines' that:
"Third of MPs say they considered quitting over long hours in Commons.", with a sub-heading: "Mumsnet poll show parliamentarians lament late nights spent voting on legislation and say the system is still not family friendly."
Where to start?
1. If a job is accepted without fully investigating the 'up' side and the 'down' side, then that person only has him/herself to blame.
2. Women have a choice in life that men generally do not, namely to pursue a career or raise a family.
3. Of the 101 MPs surveyed, were these new MPs, veteran MPs, all female or a fair section of all 'classes'?
4. Harriet Harman would, it seems, like a three-day week - and no doubt wants a pay rise to accompany that?
5. Perhaps if politicians decided that it was not necessary for them to control every aspect of our lives, really did devolve the responsibility for much of our daily lives to us and local authorities, perhaps they would indeed only need to work three days a week, if that - and take a bloody pay (and property) cut into the bargain.
And if that sounds chauvanistic to anyone, especially female MPs - tough! Life is tough and the first lesson learnt is that invariably one cannot have one's cake and eat it!