British Prime Minister forgets 8 year old daughter in a pub: Foul or Forgivable?
LONDON — It's every parent's nightmare: To get home from an event and
realize that a child is missing. But it can turn out to be a political
minefield as well if you also happen to be the prime minister.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's office confirmed Monday that
he accidentally left his 8-year-old daughter Nancy in a country pub
after a family Sunday lunch.
The incident sparked a debate in Britain about Cameron's
parenting and comes only a few weeks after the government set up a
program to give parents of young children classes in how to raise them.
The incident also highlighted a sharp contrast with the United States,
where it is nearly inconceivable that a similar mistake would have been
made with one of President Barack Obama's daughters.
On the popular British parenting website Mumsnet, some people said
the mistake was "easily done" while others wondered why the Camerons had
not kept a closer watch on their young daughter.
Downing Street said the incident happened "a couple of months ago" as
the family was leaving the pub near Chequers, the official country
house prime ministers use while in office. Sunday pub lunches are a long
traditional in Britain, often including roast beef, potatoes, Yorkshire
pudding and salad along with red wine, beer or ale.
Nancy had gone to the bathroom while Camero
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