I was talking to my dear friend Rebecca (yes, portrait artist Rebecca; fellow Cogwheel Dog Rebecca. Rebecca the adopter) today, and our Skype conversation turned to – of all things – politics.
I gave voice, y'see, to a sense of frustration with the Left. My sense of frustration was (as it happens) specific rather than generic – but that's immaterial. Whatever I said caused Rebecca to type the following message in response:
'You don't like David Cameron do you?'
It was a question that took me utterly by surprise. Because – as I said to Rebecca – it was a little like asking: 'You don't like algae, do you?'
In other words: a game-changer of a question. A question that, in and of itself, throws open the doorway (or uncovers the rabbithole) to a troubling Alice in Wonderland-esque realm of possibilities hitherto unconceived.
Like remarking to a distinguished old sea bass: 'So – you've never wondered about spending a few weeks' holiday on dry land, then? A shame: I think you'd really appreciate the Pyramids.'
The Notion of Liking David Cameron
The notion of Liking David Cameron, you see, is not in the universe I inhabit. It's like the notion of breathing ivory or criticising water. (Yeh. Bloody water. Always so goddamn fluid, aren't you?)
It's not that I hate the man, either, I might add. I wish him nothing but … um … nothing, I guess.
So, anyhow. I wondered what the fine readers of the Intellectual Hooligan think of Mr Cameron.
It's a nuanced political issue, I realise. So I decided that the best way to canvas would be via a multiple choice poll.
Vote, my pretties! Vote! Let's show MORI how it's done.
Oh, and while we're at it: Peter Mandelson
Old Petey comes in for a fair bit of popular hatred, it seems to me. I've never really understood why. I don't mind the chap. And, anyway, how can you hate someone who likes dogs so much?
But, once again – over to you, Hooliganettes. Deliver, if you please, your verdict on Mandy:
I'd also like to point out that online polls are very easily abused, and multiple voting is quite possible. So I'd like to make a request: please abuse the above polls as much as you like. Bring on the multiple voting. Game the system ...
… and make it look as though I have LOADS of subscribers.
(C'mon. I agonise about this stuff.)