Sunday, October 03, 2010

Ann Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing - 'like watching the Ark Royal taking on the stormiest of sea'

His Grace has never seen 'Strictly Come Dancing' (he has no idea why it is 'strictly': is there a lax, loose or liberal version?), and there is nothing that would tempt him from his usual Saturday evening leisure pursuits.

Except that the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe dancing with someone called Anton du Beke appears to have captured the imagination of the nation.

Why is it that one of the most 'right-wing' politicians - now a devout Roman Catholic who opposes abortion, holds zero tolerance on cannabis, was against the repeal of Section 28 and is a climate-change sceptic - should be able to commute being the darling of the Conservative Party conference into being a darling of the nation?

Whether her performance in this waltz was 'local authority' or not is beyond His Grace's discernment.

But the head judge, Len Goodman, said that the anticipation of seeing her dance is greater than any celebrity he has ever seen.

Curious, that.

In this superficial age of relativism and celebrity, might one dare to sense a flicker of admiration for a politician of conviction?

Or is everyone simply waiting for the Ark Royal to meet the fate of the Titanic?


Blogger Jared Gaites said...

I wouldn't read too much into it other than strictly schadenfreude.

3 October 2010 at 13:07  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

There's an Australian movie (film?) called Strictly Ballroom. It was a minor hit some years ago; actually, it's quite entertaining in an innocent kind of way. I suspect the bbc - in its gay friendly way - used it as a basis for their title.

3 October 2010 at 14:00  
Blogger UKViewer said...

I listened to Anne Widdicombe being interviewed on Radio Kent this morning. She is playing it strictly for laughs and is well aware that she will probably make a hash of things.

She is prepared to laugh at herself and finds it amusing that people are taking so seriously, something, which she regards as a matter of fun.

She want's to stay in long enough to dance the Pasa Doble, allowing her to challenge the bull! Echo's of her political career.

3 October 2010 at 14:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Jared, I regret.

3 October 2010 at 17:08  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

I regret having you with me if that's your stinking attitude!

3 October 2010 at 17:17  
Blogger Oswin said...

Miss Widdecombe has done almost all she has done in life, knowing that she might be ridiculed

It is not that she seeks to be baulked; nor embraces the challenge of butting heads for collisions sake. Simply, she is compelled to do what she thinks is right.

She has seldom, if ever, adopted a stance, having 'queered her pitch' elsewhere. She is the living epitome of the otherwise frequently misused expression: 'what you see, is what you get'.

She expects brickbats, but does not delight in them; neither does she set out to encourage them. They are, however, inevitably drawn to such a character as is hers.

Ann Widdecombe is neither galleon nor an Ark Royal; rather, she is a 'Golden Hind' and, notwithstanding her conversion to Catholicism, sails to the beat of Drake's drum!

3 October 2010 at 17:24  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Your Grace: I braved my instincts, and watched!
Bless me if I don't think t'owd lass did as good a job as any St. Trinian's girl might!

Oh - and at least she speaks decent English, which is more than most of them do, on there.

3 October 2010 at 18:27  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Sorry to be such a spammer today Your Grace but I am extremely bored and with far too much time on my hands. I have read all the papers and trolled around the blogsphere leaving my nefarious hallmark here and there.

But I have been thinking about Ann and how God had intended the Earth to be a rich mixture and diversity of things so we could think for ourselves and strive to achieve an absolute and comprehensive balance and equilibrium.

The Mormons have a scripture (I am not a Mormon) that says all things have been created in opposition. Apart from the obvious failings of Mormon scripture, this particular one rings very true to my own perceptions. It strikes me that God has created this existence of ours in a very fair and justifiable way indeed. Imagine a planet where there was only one political party, a Conservative party for example with no opposition. How terrible a place it would be considering what we know about Conservative governments and their total lack of empathy for anything outside of their own limited yet privileged sphere. And yet, in saying this, look at the bloody mess that New Labour got us into.

So it strikes me that the wisdom of God is far-reaching and way beyond our comprehension. We have a diversity of people, ideas, religions, politics etc etc etc, so that we have the real opportunity to achieve balance and absolute equilibrium in our world without any one particular sphere of matter-of-factness totally overwhelming all other possibilities.

All we have to do is search for the things that ring true to us as individuals and pursue the greater good. No single one particular idea or ideology is ever going to be the ultimate Utopian solution, rather it's all the participating molecules of diversity interacting with each other on the stage of life's periodic table that will allow us to fail or succeed by degrees (some more tragic than others).

I think the trick is not to get obsessed with any one particular sphere and promote tolerance in diversity so we can all celebrate the opposition in all things that allows us to dance to the tune of life - strictly speaking.

3 October 2010 at 18:53  
Blogger Oswin said...

Jared - I'm not exactly sure why, but I enjoyed reading that!

3 October 2010 at 19:14  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Well said, Mr. Gaites. I reckon Chaucer's "House of Fame" argues the same - within a neoPlatonic scheme of Muses and such.

3 October 2010 at 19:18  
Anonymous Fran said...

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'

Your Grace is back! Long live Your Grace!

3 October 2010 at 20:03  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I dont if your grace was erring towards the Holy sea , but I think HMS redoubtable , unsinkable your grace quite unsinkable .

I think a lot of people remeber Anne Widdecombe in part because she does somthing that a great many others in this world umblemished and crafted PR do not , and that is believe that we are in need of correction to stop us from falling further .In having a go she stands up for the many who are shy or fearfull of what others may think in what is the wonderful art of dancing .
Have we truly forgotten that we dont have to be where Hello is in order to enjoy our less expensive lives ?

3 October 2010 at 21:24  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Never watched it and don't plan to!

4 October 2010 at 09:42  
Blogger Oswin said...

Graham ... not for the first time, I think you've missed the point!

4 October 2010 at 23:25  

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