Public Broadcast Notice: This little rant was provoked by the BBC... When are the educationally subnormal going to learn that we don't have a fecking "First Lady"? We have a Prime Minister. Whether or not that Prime Minister is married is constitutionally irrelevant. Their spouse (or in these enlightened times, 'civil partner') is not part of the political machine, hence if they need to be referred to at all they should not be referred to as anything but the spouse / partner of the Prime Minister (unless in their own professional capacity when the fact that they're married to / the partner of the Prime Minister is irrelevant). It's pathetic that the glitterati are so obsessed with the "if you're anybody you have to be somebody!" school of thought and seem to know jack-shit about the structure of the State and what is constitutionally important!