Theresa and Philip May use joint interview to talk about ‘boy and girl jobs’
The PM said that household chores should be divided along gender lines.
Theresa May said there are specific “boy jobs and girl jobs” around the house as she appeared on prime time TV with her husband for the first time.
The prime minister risked accusations of old-fashioned sexism with her initial comments on the BBC’s One Show.
They came as Philip told presenter Alex Jones: “There’s give and take in every marriage. I get to decide when to take the bins out not if I take the bins out.”
The prime minister then chimed in: “There’s boy and girl jobs your see”.
And her husband said: “I definitely do the taking the bins out, I do the traditional boy job by and large.”
Among those expressing shock online was Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who tweeted: “I despair.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the prime minister said that graffiti artist Banksy was “not quite my cup of tea” and that she had a “stable” childhood.
Philip was pressed about his first impressions of his future wife. He confirmed he had fancied her straight away, thought she was a “lovely girl” and that it was “love at first sight” for both of them.
The interview was a bid to humanise the prime minister and to introduce her husband to the public. But anyone hoping that Philip was more exciting than his wife will have been left disappointed.
After the prime minister confirmed her love of footwear, Philip was asked what excited him. He replied: “I quite like ties. Jackets, stuff like that.”
But Philip did say something interesting when he let slip that his wife had wanted to be prime minister for more than a decade.
The prime minister has never revealed when she first wanted to have the top job in British politics and she did her best to dodge the question when asked on the One Show.
But then Philip revealed: “I never heard Theresa say she wanted to be prime minister until she was well established in the shadow cabinet."
May first joined the Tory frontbench in 1999 as shadow education secretary when William Hague was the party leader.