Sarah Vine has spoken about the problems of sustaining a political relationship in the wake of revelations about Matt Hancock’s affair with his aide.
Michael Gove’s wife, a newspaper journalist, wrote in her column for the Mail on Sunday: “Climbing that much up Westminster’s greasy pole changes a man or woman. And when a person changes, they demand anything new from a partner.
“Namely, somebody who is as significantly a courtesan as a companion, one particular who understands their brilliance and, crucially, is individually invested in it.
“Not an individual who thinks it is all a monumental nuisance and needs they would get a good position that does not contain people today poking cameras in your encounter and commenting on your poor choice of footwear.”
Ms Vine, 54 who has been married to Mr Gove, a Cupboard Office environment minister, for 20 yrs mentioned that Mr Hancock’s “conduct may possibly be surprising, but presented the context it is solely predictable”.
She singled out previous Prime Minister David Cameron as getting “special” between all the senior politicians she experienced at any time achieved in “carving out time for his household”.
Ms Vine also praised Samantha Cameron for forcing David to go on “date evenings” with her when they lived in Downing Street in between 2010 and 2016 and for creating confident he never ever forgot his “obligation” to her and the kids.
Ms Vine, referenced the two Mr Hancock and previous Chancellor George Osborne who remaining their wives and commenced interactions with people today they had worked with as ministers.
She wrote: “Each Martha and Frances Osborne are extremely clever, desirable females. So why, you may well check with, would they obtain them selves thrown in excess of? I imagine the solution is uncomplicated.
“These females are still additional or less the identical man or woman they were when they acquired married. But their ‘politician men’ are not.”
Ms Vine’s comprehensive webpage column appeared with a photo of Mr Hancock’s estranged wife Martha kissing him on election working day, underneath a headline: “The trouble with the wife who’s been with you forever is that she appreciates you are not the Grasp of the Universe you purport to be.”