Clairwil Rambles and Contemplates Opening A Bottle Of Raki
As an opinionated old cow, it's not often I have to report that I have no opinion on something, however George Galloway's appearance on Celebrity Big Brother is something I don't know what to think about. I've run the gamut from outraged to cock-a-hoop. The nearest I've got to an opinion is below.
I believe George's constituents are rather upset, which is understandable. However they may be wrong on that score, I believe most of the hard graft is done by the staff, the MP just signs the letters. As a former constituent of Mr Galloway's and frequent MP botherer I always found him to be an excellent constituency MP even when he was being described as 'The Rt Hon Member for Baghdad South' or whatever it was. I just think it is demeaning for MPs to appear on game shows. I felt similar seeing Gordon Brown and Tony Blair on 'This Morning' and similar programmes. it may not be demeaning for them personally but it demeans the position of MP.
Our new friend Mr Duff writes about the decline of tie wearing in public life on his blog. Whilst I am poles apart from Mr Duff politically on just about everything. I think he is on to something regarding ties. Political life is now unashamed window dressing. The minute Tony Blair walked into a press conference carrying a mug, it was all over. It is insulting on all levels and to all sides.
If you are an informal type, you hopefully wouldn't be stupid enough to identify with Tony and vote Labour because he's not wearing a tie and carries a tea mug. Honestly what do they expect, that mechanics and manual workers the nation over will suddenly wipe their overalls in admiration and vote for Tony 'cos he don't wear a a tie to work, ees like us ee is?'
David Cameron, the Tory Tony has now relinquished the tie, to show how much he cares about people. Can the mug be far behind? I think we're doomed to the politics of pointless and insulting informality for quite some time to come.
I will now crack open that bottle of Raki, I think I need it.