As some cynics thought our Sarah has taken up the first opportunity to spend less time worrying about constituency matters by becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to a guy called Tarquin or is it Tristram? After all why get down and dirty with the Rotherham Labour Group more than one must.
Oh that’s right, it’s Tristram Hunt; Shadow Education Secretary. Tristram’s recent appointment is part of Ed Miliband’s policy to win over the South by showing that the Labour Party too can place public schoolboys with posh name in ministerial posts.
Sarah, it is alleged has friends in high places to smooth her Parliamentary way, with names such as David Blunkett being among those cited. Certainly her progress has been fast and smooth for someone with no known political history or even experience.
In fact she’s short of any kind of history, despite questions from her Labour Party chums what we know about her remains very thin.
Theories abound, one is that she is to the manor born and of good elitist Labour heritage or friendship
Another is she has Jewish forbears – the names “Sarah Deborah” are the giveaway – to have one Jewish surname could be an accident to have two is careless, unless of course one is Jewish
For the majority of us of no consequence, but given the pro-Palestinian views of many younger Muslims and the backdrop of her defeating a Muslim candidate there is a chance that she has been advised to keep stumm.
Oh, just had a horrible thought, oh please don’t let Akhtar be holding that one over her. He would make her pay.
However back to the main item.
Being a PPS is essentially an upmarket dogsbody post that while unpaid is traditionally the starting point for those ambitious for a Ministerial appointment. It involves brown nosing ones way around parliament saying how good their Minster is & getting information about said minsters popularity.
Demanding in time and charm, but not exactly focused on the needs of one’s constituents.
It is interesting that given her self description as “not at all a career politician” in a very short time she haszero’s in to tick two of the boxes essential for career progress – many old Parliamentary hacks will be jealous.
Her good fortune lies in having a constituency with no social problems, run away financial success, unemployment too low to mention, brilliant health and education services, a super green cityscape, tolerant people and no crime. A place where the sun always shines.
Otherwise how could she possibly find the time to be a Parliamentarian, an unpaid PPS, sit on several committees with little relevance to Rotherham and commute the hour each way from her nice home in a leafy and rich part of Derbyshire on constituency days.
Oh yes, nearly forgot looks like she doesn’t intend having a permanent place to rest her head in Rotherham. Can’t blame her really, don’t think I’d like Akhtar knowing where I spent the night.