The women that have it all … to do
- Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:30
IT might have a Paisley postcode, but the island of Lismore, with its view of the west coast mountains of Morvern, is 150 miles from Glasgow. Home to just 160 people, it feels a world away from Scotland's urban corridor; further still from Westminster. Policy wonks in the juice bars of Soho may be frothing about the coming general election, but from this distance their effervescence seems strangely flat.
All the major parties are competing for the affections of a creature brought to life by today's political myth-makers to encapsulate Britain in 2005. Where once they wooed Mondeo Man, now their quarry is Do-it-all Woman, who has a job, children and elderly relatives to care for.
The election may not be the talk of Lismore's one shop, but here, as everywhere else in Britain, there are many women - and men - whose lives are a patchwork of these different roles. So how does the prospect of a Labour third term affect them?