Talking Point

I read in a paper this week that Karren Brady will give a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester later this month. Doesn’t this lady have enough to do with her day! We are continually told what a challenging job it is to tackle West ham’s debt, build up West Ham as a global brand and negotiate a move to the Olympic Stadium. How does she find the time among her numerous other jobs?

As well as Vice Chairman of West Ham she is a director for Mothercare, Sport England, Arcadia and Simon Cowell’s company Syco. She has her TV role on BBC Apprentice, an author of books , magazines and paper columns including her Football Diary in the Sun, she is a motivational speaker and an ambassador for several charities including Wellbeing of women, Well child, The Strike Association, Mothercare Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

She is also chairman of Kerrang! Bet you didn’t know that!

All very commendable but now it seems she is ready to dabble in politics as a wannabe politician and has even been tipped as a possible future leader of the Conservative Party. I know women can multi-task better than men but there has to be a point where it is impossible to concentrate and focus on the most important job she has and that is with us at West Ham.

In the latest company accounts West Ham paid £427,000 to the highest paid director, widely thought to be Karren, so it is hardly a part time salary.

In June this year she revealed that she wants to get involved in politics but said “I would never accept a safe seat. I would always want a difficult seat. Being fast-tracked is not something that appeals to me.I love politics. I love Britain. I want to get involved.”

I have the greatest respect for Karren as a businesswoman but I wish she would decide whether she wants to be a business women, TV personality or a politician!