SARAH VINE: Carrie Symonds is doing women a great service by speaking with such ...

SARAH VINE: Carrie Symonds is doing women a great service by speaking with such ...
SARAH VINE: Carrie Symonds is doing women a great service by speaking with such ...

Carrie Johnson announces she is pregnant with the couple's second child, having suffered a miscarriage early on in the year – and Twitter springs to life like a putrefying zombie sensing a piece of passing grey matter.

'Fake baby'; 'Ooh, look, another dead cat'; endless jokes about nursery wallpaper; and the rest, quite honestly, so unpleasant even Frankie Boyle might consider them a bit de trop.

Most of them, of course, hiding behind anonymity like the pathetic cowardly creeps they are.

Such is the lot of any political partner, especially one married to a Conservative. 

The hard-Left is far nastier and more aggressive than the Right, especially when it comes to the abuse of women.

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Carrie Johnson announces she is pregnant with the couple's second child, having suffered a miscarriage early on in the year – and Twitter springs to life like a putrefying zombie sensing a piece of passing grey matter, writes SARAH VINE. Above: Carrie with baby Wilfred and the PM

Carrie Johnson announces she is pregnant with the couple's second child, having suffered a miscarriage early on in the year – and Twitter springs to life like a putrefying zombie sensing a piece of passing grey matter, writes SARAH VINE. Above: Carrie with baby Wilfred and the PM

Even those supposedly in the responsible mainstream do it: Kevin Maguire, of the New Statesman, couldn't resist having a dig: 'Will this be 7 or 8 children fathered by Boris Johnson?' he tweeted.

How original. And what a lovely sentiment to extend to an expectant mother sharing such deeply personal and bittersweet news.

To an extent, it comes with the territory. Every politician or politician's spouse has to accept a bit of teasing from the other side now and again. 

But there are times when even the toughest feel vulnerable, and pregnancy and miscarriage ought to be respected.

But no. Some people will always see you purely through the prism of their own political tribalism. 

You are not a person in your right, indeed you are probably not even human, and neither is your family. 

Your feelings and state of mind don't matter. Not even in moments of great anguish.

I'm sure Carrie thought long and hard before telling the world about her miscarriage. 

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She will have been fully aware of how people might seize upon it and twist it out of shape for their own ends.

Which makes her decision to share her experience even more admirable, especially at such a vulnerable stage in her life.

Pregnancy is a special time for most women, but it can also be incredibly stressful, and no more so than when you've only just lost a baby. 

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