David & Kimberly, in happier times
Dear American Friends,
I hear that there was some kerfuffle over your side of the pond involving a basketball player. Apparently it was all over the news. Well guess what? It didnt make the news over here. Not at all. I only heard about it because an American friend emailed to ask what the British take on it was. “On what?” I asked. “Ya know the basketball thing,” he replied. “What basketball thing?” And so the dialogue went on. He refused even to believe that I hadnt heard of the player, or the team for that matter, let alone about the incident.
So, it dawned on me that maybe stuff thats big news here, may not be big news in America. So let me tell you about the political scandal thats all over our front pages right now. Its like a story from a soap opera. And guess what? The villain of the piece is an American!
So, here it is in a nutshell. David Blunkett is the Home Secretary sort of our version of Colin Powell. Hes generally well liked and respected he manages to do one of the most demanding jobs in politics despite being blind. He is reputed to have one of those “formidable intellects” that politicians are always banging on about.
But hes sort of screwed up. In a big way.
He had wait for it an affair… with a married woman… an American married woman, Kimberly Quinn. They had a child together, with another one (paternity tbc) on the way. And then she dumped him for, er, her husband, a millionaire banker. Blunkett wanted access to the child/ren that was/were his. She wouldnt give it. She liked the idea of one of those “fresh starts” that women tend to go for you know, the ones where you get a sudden amnesty from everything bad youve done before, and have no responsibilities whatsoever to anyone else.
Now heres the really ironic bit theres a political pressure group in the UK called Fathers For Justice, who fight for men who cant get access to their children. And guess what? Blunkett has been at loggerheads with them for years! Not any more, apparently they have offered to champion his cause.
Hope Im not losing you, cos this is where it gets really interesting.
When they were together, Evilamericanwoman asked Homesecretarylover for a teeny, tiny favour “Darling, my Filipina nanny cant get a British passport, and its ever so tiresome. Do you think you might be able to pull a few harmless strings at the (Home) Office?” And he was only too happy to oblige. The passport arrived, as if by magic, 19 days later a record by anybodys standards.
Now, WOW London doesnt have a problem with this we all do favours we shouldnt for our friends at work. But you dont expect that person to knife you with the same favour when you fall out. The venerable Mrs Quinn sees things differently so incensed was she that Mr Blunkett might want to see his own child, that she threatened to go public with the nanny/passport story, kindly offering DB a choice between his offspring and his career. He went for it, and the scandal now known as Nannygate began. Its just hit the courts you can follow the rest for yourselves as it happens.
Now that beats a basketball fracas hands down if you ask me.
– Barry Shaverin