The Prime Minister and his wife Samantha recently left their eight-year-old daughter Nancy behind in the pub.
They realised their mistake when they got back to Chequers.
On the surface, this seems to be a shocking example of parental neglect. How could you possibly leave your child behind as you stagger home after lunchtime drinks?
But according to the Daily Mail, the problem was one of logistics. The Prime Minister went home with his bodyguards, while Sam whizzed back to Chequers in a second car. Each assumed that little Nancy was with the other. Easily done. (I expect there were all sorts of people missing on the Thames after the Jubilee flotilla. Camilla clearly got into the wrong coach at one point because she ended up sitting next to the Queen.)
So I don’t think we should rush to judgement.
On the other hand, I feel it is entirely fair to point out that I have never left Robin in the Red Lion in Fitton. It’s not just the E.coli. The dark and threatening interior of our local pub would, I feel sure, scar a small child for life.