I think we can all agree it was an extremely strange thing to say. “Thanks for coming Daisy, hope you have a great birth, because child labour is hard!” Um, okay. I’m glad no one said that to me what I was pregnant (and not only because I’m not called Daisy).
Yet this was how Labour MP Tulip Siddiq ended an interview yesterday with Chanel 4’s Alex Thomson, turning to pregnant producer Daisy Ayliffe and proffering a cheery reminder that labour hurts.
What was Siddiq trying to do? Was she simply wishing a Ayliffe well? Or was this, as Thomson has since suggested, an “apparently threatening” comment? Certainly Ayliffe interpreted the comment negatively, suggesting that it demonstrated “the perils of being a pregnant journalist: An MP might use it against you”.