Last year based on hearing Harriet Harman on the radio, I went to see her speak at Sheffield City hall and bought and had her auto biography a Woman’s Work signed. An anecdote, I have now heard a couple of times and read in an interview and in a book, is about her getting calls to go into work one half term when she had promised to take her son to the cinema. This led to her having to see her boss Robin Cook, to explain herself. She did not know, what to say so said simply she was Unavailable. Cook interpreted this as meaning she had been with a lover. As Cook was having an affair, it would have been hypocritical to criticise her for doing the same. If she had told the truth that she was with her son at the cinema, when she was called she suspects she would have lost her job. A job she was clearly passionate about, although she still held family first and therefore believed that, it was not right to break a promise to her son.
This book is book club book at the beginning of April, therefore having read it last year, I’m trying to refresh my memory. In the below post there is quotes from specific pages.