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Leith on life: Confessions of a guilty liberal

"In 2011, a survey by insurers Churchill found that 12 per cent of adults in the United Kingdom employ a domestic helper... it is a bashful 12 per cent."

By Sam Leith  

"Why do we feel particularly uneasy about having somebody else apply Mr Muscle to our surfaces?"

I have a cleaning lady.

Why is it I feel embarrassed typing those words? I could amend them to be less presumptuous and more accurate: a cleaner. Some cleaners, actually: a rotating cast, mostly but not always ladies; or, less patronisingly, women.

I should make clear that she/they are in no way a “daily” (hah! I wish) or a…

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