Paulette Delcourt: About Leaving Your Kid in a Pub, Mr. Prime Minister
Move over Macaulay Culkin, you are no longer "Home Alone."
Nancy Cameron, daughter of British Prime Minister David Cameron, did the unthinkable when she violated the United Kingdom’s child labor laws.
Of course the 8-year-old didn’t have much choice. She was put to work by the staff of the Plough Inn after the young girl had been left behind by her parents after a Sunday lunch at the pub.
A Downing Street spokesman said the couple were "distraught" when they “realised” Nancy wasn't with them.
The family had eaten lunch with a larger group of people. When they left, the Prime Minister was in one car and his wife and children in another. Each parent thought the child was with the other.
You have to wonder, didn’t these people see “Home Alone” and why don’t they know how to spell “realize”?
The family visits the restaurant frequently, so when Nancy got up to go to the “toilet” (not the bathroom) they probably felt comfortable leaving the young girl on her own for a few minutes. Of course Nancy probably felt less comfortable when she returned to the empty table and inquired “where are my parents?”
Not only did Mum and dad take off but so did the security staff charged with protecting all of them. The family made it all the way home, unaware that their daughter was washing dishes in a pub.
Also left behind was a staff with a confuzzling dilemma: Who do you call and what do you say? To call the police and say, “I have the PM’s daughter,” sounds like a kidnapping. They decided to wait it out.
Within 15 minutes the Prime Minister returned to collect Nancy to the relief of all involved.
Keeping tabs on my own children has been challenging. Two weeks into summer vacation and the air around me is punctuated with the cacophony of inbound text messages. When they were little moms told me that was the “easy” time—now I know why that’s true.
Apparently, that’s not the case for the Camerons for whom I have a tip: Next time, let Nancy hold the car keys. Nobody leaves without those.