Friday, 1 October 2010
It's of no interest to me who Ed Miliband lives with in the posh part of London. But, (yes you knew there would be a but), what does show his character is the fact he was 'too busy' to sign his name on his son's birth certificate. For a man who is ambitious enough to want to lead this country, that is an appalling lack of judgement.
For some years I've been interested in ancestry. Hanging around graveyards in pouring rain (it always seems to rain) is a hobby and an intriguing one. Information I gather is shared with others and we've helped out people from all over the world because we've been able to discover burial places and the odd home or place of business of their ancestors. Owing to the internet it's so much easier for those wishing to trace their family roots to find the relevant documents to get them started - birth, marriage and death certificates.
Ed Miliband does his family no favours with his casual attitude to his son's existence. These days more people have no desire to marry and decide to have their children without the official record of their relationship. Many other birth certificates don't have the father's name recorded. I know the upset this causes because a member of my own family was born illegitimate in the 1930s and his father's name isn't recorded on his birth certificate and of course there is no marriage certificate. The fact we can progress no further in the search is sad.
Another small point is that Ed Miliband voted strongly in favour of gay marriages and civil partnerships. A strange decision from someone who doesn't appear to favour hetrosexual marriage isn't it.