Spending more time with the family

I found today's news that UK Cabinet Minister Ruth Kelly has decided to quit as Transport Secretary to spend more time with her family rather interesting.

It seems to be a convenient excuse to hide her apparent discontent with Gordon Brown.

When I heard that she was leaving to spend more time with her family it conjured up memories of when Norman Fowler left Thatcher's Conservative Cabinet in 1990 to 'spend more time with his family'. Within two years he was back as Chairman of the Party, this time under the leadership of John Major.

Perhaps we will see Ruth Kelly back when a new leader eventually takes over to replace Gordon?

24 September 2008