During The Trial, while all around me were sympathising with “poor Gail”, I kept stum. Hard as it was.
I knew, at some point, I’d be writing a blogpost like this, though I had expected to be doing so after Tommy’s sentencing. Because “poor Gail” nothing.
Anyone who saw the footage of Mrs Sheridan immediately after the verdict surely saw what I did. How could you miss the determined pursing of her lips or the flinty glint in her eyes? She may be standing by her man but Gail will make sure she gets her share in the process.
And so it begins. Today, the Herald broke the news that Gail intends to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament in May. It will be announced after Tommy is sentenced at the end of the month but I reckon it will only be the start. No doubt, Gail has already recruited the services of a publicist who is at this very moment haggling with newspapers and magazines for a decent price for “Gail’s story”. Expect her on a daytime TV sofa telling of her anguish, the strain of the trial and why she is standing by her man. There might even be a book in the offing and there’s definitely a country classic to be written in the woman’s honour.
You can tell the burd is less than impressed. Gail has been found innocent – or at least, there was insufficient evidence to submit a case of perjury against her to a jury – and on one level is free to do as she wishes. But there is a fine line between profiting from her own situation and from her husband’s crimes.
The intention to stand for Holyrood is because Gail is a passionate, committed politician who believes she has something to offer the people of Glasgow as their elected representative. Aye right.
George, you’ve come up against some characters in your time – takes one to know one after all – but you might just have met your match. This is an affront to democracy and I hope the goodly voters of Glasgow send her packing. Our Scottish Parliament deserves better than to be turned into the stage upon which the next act of the Sheridan pantomime will be played out.
I’m all for families sticking together, in good times and bad. But isn’t there something demeaning about a woman who intends to shape her future role in life around the impact of her husband’s misdemeanours. Gail Sheridan is by all accounts an intelligent woman. She’s stylish and savvy and knows how to play the game. But she hopes to develop a public role – and no doubt be rudely recompensed in the process – around the trials and tribulations of living with Tommy the serial shagger. What a waste. Wouldn’t she rather be known for her own achievements, gained through her own talents and diligence?
Nope, not impressed, nor a shred of sympathy for the place Gail Sheridan finds herself in. The only person I feel sorry for in this whole, unedifying charade is “wee G” (and god bless her for that affront alone). Poor Gabriella, the Sheridans’ only child, will spend her formative years as a bit part extra in the soap opera that is her parents’ lives. Growing up, she’ll not only have to live with the ignominy of what her father has done but be reminded of it daily as her mother forges her new career. Every time Gail steps out on to the public stage in some capacity or another, Gabriella will get a ribbing in the playground. Some might call it emotional cruelty and some might imagine how it might affect her in later life.
So if she’s not prepared to do it for her own self-respect, then for the sake of her child, the burd urges Gail Sheridan to rethink this apparent decision to stand for Parliament. And any other plans she might have for a starring role on the public stage.