Tuesday, July 03, 2007

This bloke came up to me and said 'You Tory'

Nothing befits a career in politics or teaching quite like the sort of hyper-sensitivity that sees one getting all upset and wildly reacting to a bit of criticism. So it is with Lib Dem councillor, deputy head teacher and blogger Neil Woollcott, who implies that a spot of online mockery is the first sign of a concerted Tory campaign to "get" this ever-so important political commentator.

It is, of course, one of the glories of the internet that people who have never met can now fall out and hurl abuse at each other from a distance. And so it is with one of the "Tories" Woollcott objects to – my real life friend Locker, who does not take kindly to being called a Tory simply for commenting on a blog written by a member of the Conservative Party.

I'll be getting the popcorn in and chanting "fight, fight, fight" from the sidelines in the hope this develops. This, incidentally, was the evil Tory post which started the trouble, in which Graeme Archer mocks the good councillor's writing skills. However, he overlooks the most remarkable comment from this latter day Mill: the passion they spoke with made me wonder whether children are naturally Lib Dem.

It's an interesting question, but it might be easier to answer if I rephrased it slightly.

Are children naturally prone to being self-righteous tossers whose ill thought-out ideas can be safely ignored?

Me, sir, please sir. I know the answer.



Blogger Glamourpuss said...

In my experience of the classroom, most children are so narrow-minded, naive and closed in their thinking that they resemble Norman Tebbit-esque Tories.

It's takes a bit of life experience to shilly shally around issues a la Lib Dem.


7:45 pm  
Blogger Quink said...

Crikey Puss, that sounds familiar. You didn't teach at an independent school in south-west Lincolnshire, did you?

8:14 pm  

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