Tell It To Elizabeth I

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The contest to be Conservative party leader in the House of Commons, which almost assures succession currently to the prime ministership, has now come down to a choice between two women. So it is almost certain now that the United Kingdom will have its second woman in that highest government office. You may also have read about the debate in British media set off this weekend over comments made to The Times newspaper by one of them.

Both women are in their 50s. Andrea Leadsom, challenging presumed frontrunner Theresa May, stated to the paper that she, Leadsom, has “a very real stake” in the future of the country because she had children. (May and her husband did not.) Leadsom doesn’t attack May directly, but if you listen to the recording of her observations, Leadsom’s inference is plainly obvious: she holds that she’d be a better prime minister because she has had children:

Screen capture of Twitter.
Screen capture of Twitter.

I’ve not seen this remarked upon, but Leadsom there also displays an attitude that’s prevalent among many parents. She also made this clear: her children, you see, will have children. So she will be a grandparent.

Hmm. Really? What if they have problems?:

Excerpt from "Distances," on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Distances,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

Everyone has different experiences growing up. My parents were never that way:

Excerpt from "Distances," on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Distances,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

Her commentary also got me thinking about other leaders. Over in the U.S., “Father of Our Country” George Washington didn’t have children. “Father of the Constitution” James Madison didn’t either. I think most Americans would likely take either of them any day of the week as an American president over most of the fathers and the grandfathers who have also held that presidential office.

Unknown artist. Queen Elizabeth I. [Public Domain.]
Unknown artist. Queen Elizabeth I. [Public Domain.]

Yes, well, one could point out they’re just Americans. And they were of course, uh, men. However, it is also worth recalling her: Elizabeth I, England’s “greatest monarch,” never married and never had children.

Have a good day, wherever you are in our world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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