Friday 30 November 2018

All Rise For Queen Laura?

Does Laura Pidcock even think that she is a politician? 

Her supporters appear not to view her as one, and they become hysterical (quite literally, in some cases) if she is subjected to any questioning or criticism about her views, or her lack of attendance at the House of Commons during Britain's biggest political crisis since the War, or her failure to perform constituency duties, or the company, such as that Oliver Kamm, that she is perfectly happy to keep.

Instead of mentioning any of this, we are supposed to fall silent at the mere fact that she has what they seem to think is the first baby in the history of the world, a baby whose existence would be irrelevant even if that were the case.

And we are expected to be pathetically grateful that someone in her office is still advising callers to try leaving a saucer of milk at the foot of the tree. £77,379, plus lavish expenses, for that? Nice "work" if you can get it.

But all of this seems to be the wrong question. It is like asking what the Queen does. The Queen does not do. The Queen is. And Laura Pidcock does not do. Laura Pidcock is.

She has turned the role of Member of Parliament for North West Durham into a purely ceremonial position.

Even then, she has this year fulfilled its one ceremonial duty, that of laying a wreath at Lanchester War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, only because she had been so heavily criticised for her failure to attend the rededication of that Memorial a short time earlier.

Laying a wreath on Remembrance Sunday, and maintaining a staff to redirect occasional callers or correspondents to people who might be in a position to help them. That is her "job". She is not a politician at all. She is royalty. And her loyal subjects expect her to be treated as royalty.

Well, even though she would still have been in school when I was first introduced in these parts as "the man who should have been our MP", neither I nor anyone else expects me to be treated as royalty.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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