Move over, Mrs Grumble – Anthea Turner has the right idea about a sheila’s role in the home

Forget about younger bimbos … if you married Anthea, you would be married to a treasure.

The bloke who married Anthea Millicent Turner picked a gem.

Anthea is an English television presenter and media personality.

She also should be regarded as a cracker sheila, because – according to the report here – her latest comments on housework “could put women’s lib back years”.

Putting women’s lib back years, of course, would be highly civilising.

So what is it that Anthea has done to win this accolade?

It’s more a matter of what she said.

The 52-year-old, who describes herself as the ‘perfect housewife’, says women are naturally better at domestic chores … and the only men who can compare are gay.

She said: ‘Am I a perfect housewife? Of course I am. Absolutely. I like my home, I like having nice things.

‘People will accuse me of being sexist here, but women are better at homemaking. I have not met many good house husbands, unless they are gay.

‘I can change a tyre in my car but I don’t want to. I’ll get a bloke to do it. There’s just some things women are good at.’

Your hard-working MP must confess he hadn’t heard of Anthea until now, but it seems she is best known for presenting shows called Blue Peter and GMTV.

The Daily Mail notes that she recently repaired a marital rift with husband Grant Bovey, 50, following allegations that he cheated on her with a 24-year-old.

Alf can understand this Bovey feller may well have been led astray by a younger bint.

But he reckons this was a serious misjudgement, when it threatens marriage to someone with such a healthy attitude to the rightful roles of men and women.

Miss Turner said they share the cooking, but she does most of the household chores.

She said: ‘There are always exceptions to the rule. But generally speaking, women are better at multi-tasking.

‘If I make a cup of tea in the morning, whilst the kettle is boiling I will put a wash on. If my husband makes tea, while the kettle is boiling he will watch the kettle boiling.’

She went on to say that women should stop moaning about doing chores and embrace housework instead, which is something Alf thoroughly approves of.

She said: ‘Some people don’t like the word housewife, but actually there is nothing wrong with that word.

‘It is something to be proud of. If you have made a deal that you will stay at home while your husband works, don’t begrudge it.

‘If that is the decision you have made, because it is better economically, socially, or because of childcare, then put your best foot forward and enjoy your home.’

She added: ‘We all know that women in the home generally do the majority of cooking. You have got to be honest about what you are good at.

‘Men and women both go out and do a full day’s work.

‘But which one changes the loo rolls? Nine times out of ten it is the woman.’

The Mail goes on to record what Anthea said about her brief split with her husband, who was declared bankrupt in 2010 after his property empire collapsed.

But this is neither here nor there to Alf.

It’s her attitude to domesticity that he admires.

For example –

‘More and more people are discovering the joys of making things, baking cakes, and building a nest. Sewing machine sales have more than doubled in the recession.’

Wonder if Nigella Lawson has the same healthy view of her role in the house?


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