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“Chillaxing” with David Miliband

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David Miliband and family in South Shields

Former Foreign Secretary takes the sea air in South Shields

A lot of people were rather bemused that Prime Minister “call me Dave” Cameron carved out “chillaxing” time at the weekends by losing his daughter at the pub or playing games on his iPad, or even fitting in a game of tennis, but really it must do an MP (or a PM) a world of good to get away from the Westminster village and make time for more important matters, especially if he/she has a young family. So it was good to see our constituency MP David Miliband along with his wife Louise and the two boys “enjoying” yesterday’s horrendous rain on the sea front in South Shields. Sheltered beneath his NASUWT umbrella, the former Foreign Secretary was in very anonymous mood dressed down in denim jeans, and a sporty looking waterproof zippered jacket that could easily have come from one of Mike Ashley’s outlets (let’s hope not), matched to a very expensive looking pair of brown suede boots. He and his family were making the most of this trip to the constituency as the parade for Armed Services Day was about to make its way down from Gypsies Green Stadium to the Bents Park, yet despite the weather they all seemed to be enjoying themselves quite unperturbed by the lack of apparent interest in them, they could easily have been Mr. and Mrs. Thompson from Tynemouth on a day trip – Joe Public was none the wiser!

Oddly I didn’t see David Miliband in the Bents Park for the commemorative service for our armed personnel (that is not to say that he wasn’t in there for a time) but I did see him and one of his sons making his way along Bents Park Road homeward bound as the service was in progress. The talk was of things that young boys find so important of course, like building some sort of “transformers” type machine big enough to hide inside of a van and ready to gobble up marauders, and as most fathers know only too well thoughts quickly turn to the empty stomach and move towards lunch if the lads have had some exercise.

Now Colemans fish and chips are very nice, but on a Sunday?

Well, why not? However, it has to be said that there are other fish and chip shops worth a try in town, but when it comes down to ice cream the lads are totally correct, there is no other ice cream in the world after you have tasted Minchellas!

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Written by curly

June 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

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  1. [...] Original Page: http://curly15.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/chillaxing-with-david-miliband/ Related Stories The euro crisis deepens by the day – Nick Griffin reports on the [...]

    Before It's News

    June 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

  2. Was this an official photo-session? If not this is an intrusion of the Miliband family’s privacy. Shame.

    brian paget

    June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

  3. William, I intended no comment on the lawful rights of photographers in a public place, but the ethics of taking and publishing a photo of a public figure on his day off with his family. Perhaps you consider that, as you put it, ‘nonesense’?

    brian paget

    June 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    • I’m sure the MP would have told Curly to stop in no uncertain terms if he was unhappy with the ethics and I see that a great effort has been made to blur out the childrens faces. It wont be the first or last time that Miliband or anyone else has been photographed in public on their day off.
      Did Cameron ever complain about pictures of him and his family being published at a weekend?
      Is there not a public interest in knowing what a constituency MP does at the weekend in his own constituency?

      William Penny

      June 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  4. Hmmmm. Yes, Brian, because we all know how much Mr Miliband hates publicity now, don’t we!

    David Potts

    June 26, 2012 at 11:03 am


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