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Or: My Party is turning me into Granny Weatherwax When All I Want to Be is Nanny Ogg

(with apologies to those of you who do not read Pterry; some of this might be a bit opaque to you. This and this might help before you start)

You guys know me. I'm a good time girl. All I want to do* is have a few beers and sing lewd songs, and enable others to do the same if they want to. My personal investment in the character of Gytha Ogg is so great that she's front and centre in the banner at the top of my blog, with her cheeky grin and her mug of ale. But it seems that every time I settle down to have a good go at the hedgehog song of late, somebody in the party decides that's the exact moment to say something bloody stupid or pointless or ridiculous or illiberal, and I have to stand up and shout "I can't be having with THIS!"...

I mean, look at the list we've had of late. The tuition fees "personal pledge". The NHS debacle. The internet snooping. And it's not just the top brass making stupid policy decisions, either. Whether it's FCC thinking that they can subvert a perfectly clear conference vote or a party activist thinking that The West Wing is How Things Should Happen over here (rather than a fictionalised account of how things might happen in the US with no shoulds involved at all)**, there are large swathes of the party who seem determined to turn me into a curmudgeonly old bag.

Of course, when this happens there are invariably those who feel it's my reaction to the bloody stupid or pointless or ridiculous or illiberal thing that makes the party look bad, rather than the actual bloody stupid or pointless or ridiculous or illiberal thing itself. Because, you know, someone getting upset when the party does something bloody stupid or pointless or ridiculous or illiberal? That's EMBARRASSING. Much less embarrassing to let the bloody stupid or pointless or ridiculous or illiberal thing carry on and not kick up a fuss. After all, we're liberals, we're famous for standing by and taking it and not rocking the boat... Oh, hang on, that's not right at all, is it?

The thing about Granny Weatherwax, with her righteous anger and her admirable power, is... She's not actually a particularly nice or happy person. Sure, she's a useful person to have around, and she makes the world a better place with her shouty boat-rocking, but at enormous, and I mean ENORMOUS personal sacrifice. Whereas Nanny Ogg? She makes the world a better place too. Maybe not in as spectacular and showy ways as Granny, but she is no less revolutionary in her own way, her boat-rocking is of a much more - um - pleasurable nature, and she is both happy in herself and causes happiness in others. Most of the source of the happiness that she both contains and radiates is that sometimes others think she's an embarrassment, but she doesn't care. It's an art I've never quite fully mastered, but I'm pretty close.

So, I'm going to keep doing what I do, and you lot? You can like me or lump me.

nanny singing

Haters Gonna Hate.



* Well, not ALL I want to do, but, you know... ;)
** I'm going to extend the same courtesy to him as he does to me in his thinly veiled character assassination of me (now at two posts and all he has thought worthy to blog about for the past week) and not link to him at all and leave you guys to work out for yourselves who I am talking about.

Peace in our time...

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] matthewfharris
Actually, "Peace in our time" was the time that we failed to achieve peace and World War II broke out, wasn't it? So maybe not peace in our time. It'll all be over by Christmas. OK, not that one either. Sigh. I am sure that everyone reading this is a great Liberal Democrat. I'm sure that I would find a lot to enjoy on Jennie's blog if I read it more often. I'm sure that Terry Pratchett is nearly as funny as Douglas Adams and that I'd like his stuff if I read more of it. As for common ground, I got Colin Baker's autograph more than once when I was a teenager attending Doctor Who conventions in the 1980s (why I needed to get it more than once is an interesting question, it now occurs to me), and as there is a picture of Colin Baker's Doctor at the top of your blog, that is presumably common ground. I am actually a civil libertarian. There is probably much that we agree on, despite our differences in style. We all want the best for the party and, dare I say it, the country.

Re: Peace in our time...

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The best thing for the party is being liberal and democratic. Not to mention a willingness to engage in polite debate.

So far on this issue I have seen none of those from you. This might be an aberration or it might be a regular pattern. I really couldn't know since I don't read your blog often enough.

But one thing I can be certain of is that your comments here have been rather rude and contradictory. And, given a choice between what you've said, and Jennie's informing people about a very important conference call, I'd say that *your* comments are the embarrasing ones which reflect badly on the party.

Of course you do now seem to be adopting a slightly more conciliatory tone - though I'd suggest that if you want "peace in our time" then a better solution might be an apology for the tone of your previous comments on here and a willingness to get off your high horse over your notion of what a political blog might look like - because, quite frankly, that kind of arrogant patronising nonsense is exactly the kind of thing to piss people off. I know it pisses me off at the very least.

Re: Peace in our time...

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepotterblogger.blogspot.com
Whoops, forgot to sign my comment - it's the reply which will show up as being by anonymous.

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