A good observation by Shelley Bridgeman about Monday’s shameful press conference by Colin Craig.
By wheeling out his wife in times of strife, Colin Craig was observing a tradition beloved of male politicians.
He was merely using his nearest and dearest in an attempt to sanitise his image. In a statement, his wife, Helen Craig, said: “I do not often speak to the media but I choose to stand with my husband here today in full love and support of him”.
If those words sound familiar, even somewhat plagiarised, it’s probably because of the Tammy Wynette song Stand by Your Man – the lyrics of which make me feel a little queasy:
“You’ll have bad times, and he’ll have good times
Doin’ things that you don’t understand
But if you love him, you’ll forgive him.”
Then, of course, the famous chorus goes: “Stand by your man, and show the world you love him”.
It’s difficult to believe that politicians are still taking inspiration from a sentimental song that has its origins in the 1960s.
How can anyone think such a retro approach to indiscretions and blind loyalty is the best response in the 21st century?