However, since DK is making such a fuss about Mrs Mills' appearance and since I couldn't resist this little image (with many thanks to the bright young things studying earnestly at Thornhill Lower School), here is my ha'p'orth:
There are broadly two views of the goings-on the Mills/Jowell household in the Sunday papers this weekend:
1) Jowell was in the process of being sold down the river by her husband and told him to sling his hook
2) Jowell sold her husband down the river to save her ministerial career.
To quote commenter John in Nosemonkey's thread on this topic, "The words 'not mutually exclusive' leap to mind".
Given that the Jowell finances seemed incredibly complicated - even by the standards of your average money-grubbing Tory sleaze merchant - it is quite possible that a "pattern had been set" and she rather blithely - and even more possibly naively - signed forms because she had been doing so for many years when she was not bound by the ministerial code and had long since lost track of her husband's dealings. After all, the one thing she did not have to worry about was where the money would come from to pay the mortgage installments each month.
Thus, it is more than likely that:
- Jowell is rather worryingly naive;
- She had no idea that the $600k was a bung from Berlusconi;
- Her husband probably had a big dissemble in her general direction when the story first broke;
- It subsequently transpired that he had indeed been lying to her and caused her and quite a number of others some considerable embarrassment;
- She was, as a result, pretty thin on loyalty to him;
- She saw no reason to jeopardise her job when she had done nothing wrong.
- Jowell set up an introduction to Berlusconi for her husband;
- Her husband took legal advice from any civil servant about how to conceal the bung and/or allow Jowell to stay within the letter of the ministerial code if not the spirit;
- The Mills' repair on a regular basis to some secret lovenest and that the separation is just a sham to save face;
- Jowell's head on a plate;
- Mr Mills to be prosecuted for money laundering;
- The money to be forfeit.