Poor Sue

29 Apr

The full story can be found here.

Is there anyone left in Britain who thinks that our Prime Minister should be allowed to run a bath, never mind a whole country? I don’t know who ‘Sue’ is, but she’s going to get it in the neck when the boss gets back to the office. Still, she has only herself to blame – fancy letting him loose in public like that. It was a catastrophe waiting to happen.

I actually have some sympathy for him: everyone is entitled to dislike anyone they please; and they are also entitled to bitch about them behind their backs. It’s not nice, but it’s human nature. What worries me, however, is that he seems to think that merely raising the immigration question makes one a bigot. He’s going to drive a lot of people into the BNP’s arms if he can’t talk rationally about something that worries so many voters.

Two curious things: Mrs Duffy seems to think – from her comments to the media – that he called her a bigot because she asked him about the national deficit; while he thought the conversation was a disaster, when it clearly wasn’t.



Day 28’s prompt was ‘inspiration’. You will see from the length of today’s poem that I wasn’t feeling it:


On Looking For Inspiration

A lot of sweat
for not much yet.


…Ummmm…just went to embed the prompt page and discovered that the prompt was actually ‘intuition’. I am mortified at being caught out in this way.  I can only claim that I misunderstood what Prompt said to me, due to being bunged up in every facial orifice. I have made my sincere apologies to Prompt and she has accepted them, though she won’t be voting for me when I bid to become Poet Laureate, despite being a lifelong Poetry supporter. I will be sending an email of apology to everyone who fears me and wants me removed as their Beloved Leader.  Jeremy Vine has also asked me onto his Radio 2 show so that I can be filmed with my head in my hands, realising that I have just lost my job and I’m serving my final week’s notice.


Just went to my Virgin home page and it’s official: Cheryl Cole is the world’s sexist woman.  Who’d have thunk it?  You’d think Richard Branson could afford to employ a proof reader; I didn’t realise the economy was quite that bad.


Did I just break the world record for the most use of the word ‘just’ in one post?



10 Responses to “Poor Sue”

  1. vivinfrance April 29, 2010 at 09:04 #

    I, too, misinterpreted the prompt – somewhat wilfully on my part, as we’d already ‘done’ aha moments. Your two lines are worth 20 of off-the-point waffle!

    I trust you’re staying at home today and not sharing your germs at Jobschool.


    • tillybud April 30, 2010 at 11:36 #

      Sorry, but my desire for a job is greater than my desire not to spread pestilence. I used a tissue as a mask and made sure to cough into my handbag, so I don’t think I infected anyone.


  2. slpmartin April 29, 2010 at 16:08 #

    Oh my…I don’t know a lot about British politics…but I do recognize political succide when I see it…wow…I’ll be interested to hear how his staff does the damage control on this…thanks for sharing this.


    • tillybud April 30, 2010 at 11:37 #

      Three grovelling apologies and the final debate seem to have done the trick.


  3. barbara April 29, 2010 at 17:04 #

    I don’t know: inspiration, intuition, implication who can tell the difference when it all gets boiled down.
    Only caught the Brown story by chance–ah, the lapel mic. Seems to me that since he’s losing he ought to do a 180 and start being forthright in public, might get some votes.


    • tillybud April 30, 2010 at 11:38 #

      Your triple-i – excellent point.

      A politician telling the truth – what a great idea!


  4. pieceofpie April 30, 2010 at 00:12 #

    im just so fasinated by this whole inspiration whachamacallit prime minister just abt as ‘orribul as can just abt be… love yr comments.. can’t help but to just snicker smurk and flup about… it has been most enjoyable popping round and readin your dallying abt… a life in the day


    • tillybud April 30, 2010 at 11:40 #

      Thanks, pieceofpie. Any one named after a food is always welcome in my blog. 🙂


  5. Lawrence C April 30, 2010 at 02:45 #

    The British election is dominating Twitter, and today’s (Thursday’s) Debate was covered and commented on here in the US by our own political pundits. I’ve never seen anything like that before.

    Sue was wonderful and made me laugh, just taking a call in the middle of being the center of live national news, how she talked to reports with the same attitude as she would the milkman, how she even nonchalantly acted like she was done with Brown and was trying to walk away to get back to here own business.

    As for your poem, maybe you intuited that you should misread the prompt.
    And it reminds me of what Thomas Edison said.


    • tillybud April 30, 2010 at 11:47 #

      The debates have really livened up politics in this country – I have never known such interest in a general election in the UK. it’s true – eventually, everything American reaches our shores; fifty years on in this case, but better late than never. Funnily enough, Mr Brown makes me think of Richard Nixon: they look alike and their first debates didn’t do either of them any favours.

      I think you are confusing Sue with Gillian Duffy. Sue is the scapegoat mentioned by the PM in the car; he blames her for putting him in an awkward situation. Mrs Duffy is the old lady with the forthright manner.

      It was the Edison quote that inspired me; I’m glad you picked up on it. I like your theory as to why I misread the prompt 🙂


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