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A brief observation on Patricia Hewitt

First things first:

"As expected for our Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, 57, apparently leads a life of exemplary healthiness...a spokesman insisted that she eats "infinitely more" than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. She has never smoked and allows herself only the occasional glass of wine but given her busy schedule, struggles to "exercise properly with her busy schedule". "And she does have very, very regular bowel movements".

Meanwhile, back at the plot, La Hewitt is standing down at the next election in order to 'spend more time with her family'. Pretty original, huh? Why do they never say that they want to focus on a lifetime ambition to excel at croquet or to perfect their command of crochet?

Anyway, when she jumped prior to being pushed in 2007, she also cited the old 'family' line, before then going off to acquire positions at Alliance Boots, Cinven and BT. None of which are based very near the ancestral pile in Leicestershire. Since then, she has been a below average Parliamentarian, based on the raw numbers - has attended 2/3 votes, asked 10 questions and spoken in 11 debates, all well below the average.

Moving swiftly on, she is married so she does indeed have a family with which to spend more time. However, the phrase generally puts one in mind of progeny rather than spouses and she would appear to have a son of 21 and a daughter of 23. And here comes the wild stab in the dark - the Hewitt-lets are probably working or in education and far from Hewitt Towers, rather than banging cutlery on the Hewitt kitchen table of an evening and howling for mummy to rustle up some more fish fingers and alphabetti spaghetti. Although I could be wrong.

Doubtless she will be jacking in the consultancies etc soon too.


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Blogger hatfield girl said... 12:58 pm

Who does not have a lifetime ambition to excel at croquet? Most of us would kill, well lie our teeth out, for the meanest advantage in croquet.  

Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 12:59 pm

In strict fairness to her, I seem to recall that when she stood down from Cabinet, her line was that she was going to spend time with her parents, who are aged and unwell.

No word on whether she took the job at Boots to keep them in medication, mind you.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:05 pm

HG - Indeed...

Mr E - I imagine Ma & Pa Hewitt are out in Waltzing Matilda country, and I hate to think how unwell they must be that having their little Patsy come to call could possibly ameliorate their condition.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 3:01 pm

are the ancestral piles anything to do with the regular bowel movements ?

I'm sorry, I'll leave now  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:05 pm

Nick - I fear you may well be right.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:20 pm

Infinitely more, eh? That's a chuffing big of vegetables.

Or, more likely, a chuffing big pile of shite.

Brian, follower of Deornoth.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:21 pm

Brian - All too likely. It is an ancient anecdote, but it needs to be replayed at every opportunity. By my reckoning anyway.  

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