Friday, December 28, 2007

Ups and Downs of Politics.

Political life is like that. First they are lifted up onto a pinnacle, only so that their vanity can be ever more crushed by the fall. I'm into the third of Michael Dobbs' Urquart trilogy that I was given for Xmas, so I'm beginning to understand political strategy and was prepared for the bitter blow visited upon me by Iain Dale's Diary today.

There I was in the top six 'Welsh politicians of the year' as voted for by Iain's readers - the only six to register enough votes not to be grouped into 'others'. And I'm not even an elected politician. This has to be a first - and I thought boded rather well for my General Election prospects. There I am, rubbing shoulders with Rhodri Morgan, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Adam Price and Nick Bourne - all heavyweights of the Welsh political scene. It can only be a matter of time For a few seconds I was feeling quite 'puffed up' - but then I noticed who was first and had beaten all five of us. Lembit Opik!

Crushed. How can anyone take this poll seriously now?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Glyn, you'll be in pole position when you beat the present part-time disgrace of an MP. It's only a matter of time.....

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Relax Glyn ... "there's always a silver lining" ... sometimes, maybe ... not sure really ...

“Politician” is regarded by many as being synonymous with the term “prick”. On this basis I think the voting results make perfect BORG sense. The word “prick” can be viewed in many ways. Two noun version being “a sharp projecting organ or part” (usually vulgar: ‘penis’) and “a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority” (usually vulgar: ‘jerk’).

Now if you look at the actual ranking (ordering based on magnitude) of votes it sort of makes sense, some voted for the top politician, some voted for one of the two prick/noun versions, and some couldn’t quite make up their mind between “top politician” and one of the prick/noun versions (the “not sure” or “swing voters” group).

So there’s some consolation you Glyn, the voters that voted for you Glyn were only thinking “top Welsh politician”. But the flip side of this coin is that …

Glyn Davies said...

anon - time will tell.

Christopher - i like the way you spin them!

Peter Black said...

A foretaste of the General Election result I think.

Valleys Mam said...

nah hes the only one been in the English papers If that had been Welsh votes - it would have been very different.And if I recall its Welsh people or residents who will be voting in Montgomery

Anonymous said...

Depends what you regard as heavyweights, Glyn!

Glyn Davies said...

Peter - I cannot argue with the votes - but perhaps I'll slip through as a result of the compacency that this poll induces.

VM - You arevthe tonic I needed to restore my confidence.

anon - and who is heavier?

Anonymous said...

Than Nick Bourne? How much time have we got?

frankie said...

I can only imagine that this poll was a joke. No 1 Lembit Opik? Do me a favour!

Glyn Davies said...

never underestimate the power of name recognition. Its a real weakness in a democracy where voters become compacent about the importance of the right to vote.