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Sunday 27 June 2021

Is Sarah Vine Telling Us Something?

In the immediate aftermath of the scandal - with now former Health Secretary Matt Hancock finally resigning, along with being thrown out of the marital home by his long-suffering wife, as he pledges his allegiance to Gina Coladangelo - has come the analysis. Talk of the pressures of ministerial duty, the inevitable distractions, the collisions between people who end up being more than friends, and the rupture of family relationships.

For the increasingly wayward Mail on Sunday, this picking over of the inevitably messy aftermath is made easier, as the paper can call on the services of singularly unappealing self-promotion specialist Sarah “Vain” Vine, who knows what it’s like being married to a Government minister - because her husband is Michael “Oiky” Gove.

So it is no surprise that Ms Vine’s column in today’s MoS discusses l’Affair ‘Ancoque. What is surprising, not to mention eyebrow-raising, is the headline chosen for the piece: “The problem with the wife who's been with you for ever is that she knows you're not the Master of the Universe you purport to be”. Equally surprising is that the first couple she discusses are Young Dave and wife Samantha - with whom Ms Vine fell out big time over Brexit.

But the message she wants us all to take from the Camerons’ marriage is clear. “It didn’t matter how powerful he was … he always made space for her … Rather like the Duchess of Cambridge is to Prince William, she was his barometer, his weather vane, his anchor … Every time he seemed in danger of drifting away on a cloud of self-importance … she would bring him back down to earth, and not always gently”. There was more.

Ms Vine claims that Young Dave was always going to leave Downing Street sooner rather than later, that Samantha and the children were more important to him. From there, she segues effortlessly into “I’ve been thinking about the nature of political marriages. And how rarely, if ever, they manage to thrive under the pressures of public life”. Really? Do go on.

Not mentioned in his wife's column. At all

She goes on to tell of “the eternal lot of the political spouse: keeping the home fires burning so the ‘Big I Am’ can do more important stuff … The old ‘behind every great man there’s a woman drowning in dirty laundry’ is a cliche. But it’s true. It is very hard to do these high-level, high-pressure, high-stakes jobs unless you have someone prepared to take up the reins in every other department of your life”. Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes?

But the problem is that inevitably sets you on different tracks. You become so entrenched in your respective roles that you begin to drift apart”. Who can she be talking about? “The problem with the wife who has known you since way before you were king of the world is that she sees through your facade. She knows your fears and your insecurities. She knows that, deep down inside, you are not the Master of the Universe you purport to be. And some people don’t like to be reminded of that”. Ah, that’s who she’s talking about.

There is one name that is not being mentioned here, one that Ms Vine, back in the day, had no problem in mentioning, ad infinitum, and indeed ad nauseam. That name is Michael Gove. And in this article, the human manifestation of Elmer Fudd is nowhere to be seen. Which is why the impression is given that Ms Vine is not just talking about the departing Health Secretary, but sending a very pointed message to “Oiky”.

Why she might feel the need to do that is not known. But I suspect it may be before long.

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Anonymous said...

Vine "thinking"?

Oh fuck off Vine, you melty-faced, double-chinned, fat, far right tory gett.

There are third form kids with more brain power and human decency than tenth rate spivs like you.

Mr Larrington said...

I just OD'd on mind bleach…

Anonymous said...

No, why waste your time and mine

Jonathan said...

No woman in this world is that DESPERATE to sleep with Oiky Gove.

Anonymous said...

There’sp always someone … in oiley goves case its most likely the below minimum wage elderly Philippine cleaner. And the the last three times he west to b&q for the wife, they gave him a pipe and a fishing rod and made him sit by the fake pond in the outdoor gardens section,. Ugly sad fuck

Arnold said...

No mention of Bozo the clown either, even though he wrote the book on marital infidelity.

Namely, someone who is as much a courtesan as a companion, one who understands their brilliance

She lost me there. Who's she talking about? Certainly no member of the present government.

gillette said...

Well well well

Anonymous said...

Looks like you were right https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/02/michael-gove-and-wife-sarah-vine-to-divorce

Mr Larrington said...

And it’s just emerged that Mr & Mrs Slithy are in the midst of finalising their divorce. So, farewell then, Lady Macbeth. You thought. You would live. At Number Ten. And now you won’t.

Arnold said...

Is Sarah Vine Telling Us Something?
Yes. According to the Guardian, she's deselected Gove.

Anonymous said...

So farewell to Slytheryn's power couple.