Best Beloved said something interesting last night.
Don't get me wrong, he quite often says interesting things, many of them very droll, but this was especially interesting in a feminist sense.
What is the National Portrait Gallery going to do now? he said. They always ask the Prime Minister's wife to be their patron.
Well. Indeed. Now that there isn't a PM's wife, at least until the election (and hopefully onwards) what is going to happen to all these deeply entrenched ideas about using an assumed time-rich and idle female spouse of an important 'man' to support your institution or charity?
Therese Rein and Cherie Blair put sizeable dents in these expectations -- as did Denis Thatcher -- but how will Tim Mathieson cope with it? Will he even be asked? And how offended should Australian women be if he isn't asked?