WHEN David Miliband was running for the Labour leadership last year, I asked him straight out on one of his tours of Haverstock School how he could expect to lead the party and the country when he had never had a ‘proper job’, i.e. one out of the world of politics. He wrinkled his nose a little and put me in my place:
I think Foreign Secretary is a proper job. The 24-hour nature of politics nowadays means you have to have lots of different skills, and employment experience is only one of them.
Still as he prepares to get some employment experience as a teacher and on the board of a football club, hey, maybe it wasn’t such a stupid question after all. If the kids at Haverstock benefit from it all, good luck to him.