Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ann Widdecombe - 'a salsa the likes of which we will never see again'



As His Grace intimated last week, Ann Widdecombe is fast becoming a national treasure. She is known to be one of the most 'right-wing' politicians: a devout Roman Catholic who opposes abortion, has zero tolerance on cannabis, was against the repeal of Section 28 and is a climate-change sceptic.

And yet she is cheered to the rafters...

24 Comments:

Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Adolf Hitler was very popular in Germany, by all accounts, and he was also off his trolley.

10 October 2010 at 15:54  
Blogger BJ said...

There is one thing which His Grace fails to mention.

Miss Widdecombe is being given this platform (figuratively as well as literally) by the BBC.

Perhaps the corporation deserves more credit for its openness and neutrality than it is currently given by His Grace's fellow Conservatives?

10 October 2010 at 15:57  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Mr Gaites - unlike Hitler Ms Widdecombe hasn't plunged half the globe into war or killed millions of people. All she's done is piddle off the lefties. That puts her well ahead in the humanity stakes as far as I'm concerned.

;0)

10 October 2010 at 16:10  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Gnostic

Don't encourage me, Cranmer will not thank you for it.

She is still a crap dancer, and she is an embodiment of conservative values, ie How not to do things. "Here I am having ago, and don't you just love me even though I am making a complete hash of it".

But to be fair I do like her and it was cruel to make comparisons with such an evil entity. My point was that popularity is no real test.

"a devout Roman Catholic who opposes abortion, has zero tolerance on cannabis, was against the repeal of Section 28 and is a climate-change sceptic." = All things I can identify with.

10 October 2010 at 16:18  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Mr. Gaites, I agree on the popularity and dancing thing. She moves across the floor like an old tugboat shipping water. But then, she is getting on a bit...

:D

10 October 2010 at 16:27  
Anonymous Sam Vega said...

"She is known to be one of the most 'right-wing' politicians: a devout Roman Catholic who opposes abortion, has zero tolerance on cannabis, was against the repeal of Section 28 and is a climate-change sceptic"

There is general agreement that such people should leave the Salsa well alone; hence the ironic cheers at her performance. Welcome to the post-modern world, Your Grace.

10 October 2010 at 16:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14ywPDqWrHU this might amuse

10 October 2010 at 16:48  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

When I saw her dance with Anton last night, I was reminded of Hyacinth and Ben Ali Gator in Walt Disney's Fantasia.

Acutally, Hyacinth the hippo is a better dancer.

10 October 2010 at 16:48  
Blogger Unsworth said...

"We shall never see again"?

Please God.

10 October 2010 at 16:51  
Blogger RMBruton said...

Your Grace,
I'm glad that you have returned from your hiatus. I cannot comment on this lady, as I'm not familiar with her. I could picture a younger Enoch Powell as a ballroom dancer though.

10 October 2010 at 18:08  
Anonymous non mouse said...

May Lord Mandy eat his heart out!

10 October 2010 at 18:46  
Anonymous tallytory said...

PS RMBruton @1808: "I could picture a younger Enoch Powell as a ballroom dancer though" - but Enoch had a career in British politics to worry about, didn't he?

I mean, the poor things nowadays can't just stare at eu directives all day, can they? Got to keep the show busy - and on the road...

10 October 2010 at 18:52  
Anonymous non mouse said...

BJ said: "Perhaps the corporation deserves more credit for its openness and neutrality than it is currently given by His Grace's fellow Conservatives?"

Maybe. Then again, maybe not - in light of elephants and rooms. If Your Grace can permit it, here's the link to a relevant Speccie cartoon...
http://www.spectator.co.uk/wit-and-wisdom/cartoons/

10 October 2010 at 19:12  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

...stately as a galleon...

10 October 2010 at 19:39  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

In case anybody of the younger generation is puzzled by my previous reference to the galleon:
http://monologues.co.uk/First_Ladies/Stately_as_a_Galleon.htm

10 October 2010 at 19:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She should have been speaker of the HOC.
She would have played by the rules and ensured all the others did too. Otherwise you would have incurred her displeasure, and you wouldn't do that twice!

10 October 2010 at 19:56  
Anonymous len said...

Anne Widdecombe has the delightful ability to 'send herself up'and to laugh at herself and enjoy the joke.
She is not the greatest dancer , but who cares when she entertains so well!.
To see her take to the dance floor (more like a Galleon in full sail than a tugboat)) with Anton pirouetting around her is quite something !

10 October 2010 at 23:35  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

There is nothing we British like more than politicians making a fool of themselves. I have not watched the show or even the clip but I imagine it could not compete with George Galaway’s antics on that other popular show. It is their huge egos, obsession with the limelight and complete lack of self awareness that allows them to be so crass.

11 October 2010 at 09:32  
Anonymous gladiolys said...

She is principled. She is eccentric. Both traits are highly regarded by the British public. But that doesn't mean that every/anyone would necessarily agree with her views. That surely is the definition of the tolerance for which we are known. I don't agree with much of what she says but I think she is one of those people that makes the world a better place just by being in it. She is still a fruitbat, however adorable.

11 October 2010 at 17:08  
Blogger Oswin said...

Sam Vega @ 16.29:

The cheers were far from being ''ironic'' - they were cheers of genuine delight!


Graham Davis @ 09.32:

It was neither ''crass'' or, a case of ''making a fool'' of herself; it was just jolly good fun!

Miss Widdecombe continues to delight, is all.

11 October 2010 at 17:13  
Anonymous Sam Vega said...

Oswin

Delight that Ms. Widdecombe's performance embodies all the usual terpsichorean virtues? I don't somehow think so. People do not cheer as loud or with the same tone when watching Ginger Rogers. This was a bit like Johnson's dog walking on its hind legs. Perhaps literally as well as figuratively. I'll settle for "ironic delight".

11 October 2010 at 19:59  
Blogger Oswin said...

Sam Vega

Settle for what you will, but are still quite wrong.

11 October 2010 at 20:52  
Anonymous Sam Vega said...

Oswin,

Ah, yes, I can see that I am now. You are far too persuasive for me. You seem to have some kind of a gift for this sort of thing...

11 October 2010 at 21:59  
Blogger Oswin said...

Sam - I knew, given time, you'd grasp the true concept of irony...

12 October 2010 at 00:49  

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