Sure You Aren’t, Polly, Sure You Aren’t…

He was losing the argument. So what does the right do next, what does a Mail man do next? He turned personal and patronising: “Do you know, whenever I’m on with Polly I wish I could just pin her to the ground and tickle her under the armpits and make you smile my dear!” It was creepy, disgusting. In the panic of the live radio moment I cringed and simpered a bit. “I do smile!” I said, falling for the trope of the “miserable humourless Guardian old girl can’t even take a joke!” (Old girl is what he called the prime minister on the Mail’s front page last week). And then I kicked myself a thousand times for all the things I might have said. Pin me down? Tickle me? Can you imagine him saying that to Simon Jenkins or Jonathan Freedland?

There was no harm done: I’m not vulnerable.

…that’s why this entire column is ‘Waaaah! The mean man was mean to me! Waaaaah!’

7 comments for “Sure You Aren’t, Polly, Sure You Aren’t…

  1. Ed P
    October 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Miserable, humourless Guardian old girl, or ghastly champagne socialist millionaire Tuscany-dwelling, lefty-spouting mouthpiece of the do-as-I-say-not as-I do variety?

    • Ted Treen
      October 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

      The latter, hiding behind the persona of the former.

      All in all, a good argument for retroactive birth control.

  2. October 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    “Quentin Letts betrayed that curious paranoia of those who hold power and influence, pretending that they are the victims.”

    Wot, like Hillary Clinton and Polly Toynbee, eh?

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      October 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      George ‘Gideot’ said, we’re all in it together, jolly boating weather.

      Lord mandelslime, lady nugee, pollyanna pudge face, they all to a man of them hate Britain………….so why are they still here?

      Hmm, I smell moolah and the reek of hypocrisy rises to the heavens.

      Though, still they’d better move very fast when their friends take over, else they’ll be flying off buildings and such.

  3. opsimath
    October 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    … And then I kicked myself a thousand times for all the things I might have said.

    Isn’t that called ‘l’esprit d’escalier’?

    I expected better from Polly — or then again — maybe not …

  4. Errol
    October 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Of course, it *isn’t* a personal attack. it’s using humour to defuse the situation. Now, Polly might be thinking that it’s been made personal because that is the MO of the Left: attack the person, never the subject (because it’s indefensible). I know this is how she thinks and she cannot understand another approach that isn’t an attack.

    Frankly, she is a tiresome bore. A spoiled, arrogant rich Lefty using people she professes to care about as a lever to achieve her own petulant aims.

    • October 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

      The Left never understand humour.

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