I know I’m slow to this sort of thing

And this is also just something I’ve noticed, there’s no real point to it, most certainly not a political point.

But both of our last two Prime Ministers have lost a child in either infancy or childhood. The odds of the first appear to be about 5 in one thousand, the second about 10-20 per 100,000 (depends upon age group). Yes, yes, I know, happenstance, simple statistics, nothing but that.

The one before that had a miscarriage I think but that’s so common as to be almost unremarkable (however painful etc).

10 thoughts on “I know I’m slow to this sort of thing”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    The one before that had a miscarriage I think but that’s so common as to be almost unremarkable (however painful etc).

    The vicious destructiveness of the modern media? I know people who would make excellent politicians. But they are strongly deterred by the nastiest of the media. Especially where the Tories are concerned. As far as I know they have done nothing to be ashamed of, but you never know.

    Anyway, perhaps the death of a child means that they cannot go for Cameron in the same way they went for Major? Or Hague.

  2. Bad timing, our Mark”s birthday is five days away, he”d be 28. Now I’m sat at airport gate with moist eyes.

  3. The Other Bloke in Italy

    DocBud, please accept too un abraccio from Tuscany.

    I hope your flight was peaceful.

  4. @Doc Bud

    I’m very sorry to hear that. I was talking the other day about a very good friend of mine who died aged twenty-eight on his honeymoon. Still upsets me, and I can’t imagine the pain a father would feel.

  5. Doc, you killed the thread man!

    My eldest will be 30 soon, which means my daughter would’ve been 27/28 later in October. (I can’t remember quite;she was cot death, so never really knew her much.) So, no triggering shit for me. All the same, sir, i know.

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