Miliband skives off work - but please don't mention it.
Foreign Office under pressure as David Miliband puts his family first - Times Online
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has taken an unspecified period of paternity leave after announcing that he and his wife have adopted a second child.
Mr Miliband and his wife, Louise Shackelton, who is American, flew back to Britain yesterday after adopting a newborn boy in the United States. They have named him Jacob.
The couple’s announcement coincided with Mr Miliband’s failure to arrive at a conference on British-Saudi relations in London. He was scheduled to attend with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, but sent Kim Howells, a Foreign Office Minister, in his place.
The abrupt nature of the statement reflects a sensitivity on the part of the Milibands who, friends say, were deeply hurt by the media reaction after they adopted their first son, Isaac, in December 2004, also in the US.
The couple said that they were “delighted by the new arrival” and asked the media to protect their privacy.
The state visit by the King of Saudi Arabia was marred today by the last-minute cancellation of a high-profile engagement between David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, and the Saudi Foreign Minister.
The Foreign Office announced this morning that the Foreign Secretary was calling off the meeting, which had been scheduled months in advance, citing the arrival of his newly adopted son.
Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister, then also withdrew from the meeting because Mr Miliband's deputy, Kim Howells, was considered too junior to meet him according to diplomatic protocol.
And why wouldn't Isaac's and Jacob's Daddy turn up to work to meet and greet the Arabs? Paternity leave? No mucky sweating for David, all he had to do was sign a cheque, and now he needs a rest, ahh diddums. Of course, I sure, Diddy David is a strong supporter of the bizarre social experiment that is our adoption laws, but they just didn't suit him, bit like the inheritance tax rates. And assuming that the poor mite wasn't bought lastminute.com style he knew this was going to happen when he took the job, so why did he take it when he knew he was going to choose to do nappies at home rather than work alongside Gordon. Are we sure he hasn't been sent to sit on the naughty step for piss poor performance?