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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.

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
That's pretty much what I meant, yes. OTOH, I just sent another one and it's now been accepted. Did exactly the same thing each time - copied and pasted your address into the address bar of the email - so I guess we put that one down to inexplicable foibles of the internet.

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] matthewfharris
Yes, but earlier you suggested that I'd deliberately put up an inoperative email address so as to censor debate, and it saddens me that you would imagine that I would do such a thing. You chaps on this site are very into accusing me of making personal attacks (when, if you carefully read what I wrote, you will see that I actually did no such thing), but some of you are awfully free with such attacks yourselves. If you really think that I am someone who would ever do something like deliberately put up a duff email address (?!), then I invite you to read my blog, and then you'll discover that I'm really not one of those people...

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Far as I'm concerned, I've done nothing more than to react to what you've been writing.

Ah well, perhaps you're just unlucky in your choice of phraseology.

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Given that the first any of us ever saw of your blog was an attempt to tell someone to shut up unless they're willing to say exactly what central government want them to say, then thinking you're the kind of person who would want to censor debate is not exactly a huge jump, is it?

And when literally everyone commenting either here or on your blog thinks you're wrong, and reads your posts as attacking Jennie, perhaps you might -- just might -- want to consider that rather than it being us who are reading your posts wrong, it is you who is *writing* them wrong? You don't strike me as being very clever at all, and that's not your fault, but when someone who is, shall we say, less than bright tries to write, the words they type are often not the words they think they're typing.

Certainly, had I inadvertantly caused someone to think I had insulted them, and had I not intended to insult them, I would at some point in the succeeding 12+ hour-long conversation have used the words "I'm sorry". I might *then* have gone on to explain that offence wasn't intended, but I wouldn't have implied that the person who took offence and all her friends were unable to read.

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
I'm Spartacus!

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
No, *I'm* Juan Sanchez de Villa Lobos!

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
You killed my father, prepare to die.

Shit, that's a pop culture reference an shouldn't be allowed. Don't you realise this is a political blog?

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
It's OK, it's an American pop-culture reference, and to something that's been on the TV. It's only British books you're not allowed to reference on politics blogs, apparently.

However, if Jennie's right and I'm her father, then you killing me for killing your father would mean that Jennie would have to kill you for killing her father. However, it would also put your earlier wanting to have my children in a slightly different context.

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister

(Well, this is going to put our relationship on a different footing.)

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