(For examples of a more reasoned approach to debate, welcome to the Reeves household for a moment. We bought a bag of mixed nuts at Christmas and no one in the family could eat the almonds as the shells were made out of a hitherto undiscovered titanium-like material, so I said, "Let's take this back to [friendly neighbourhood supermarket] and see if they can crack them. Then if they can, they can eat them. If not, they have to give us our money back."
"No, then they have to give me a magazine". See, he is a bright four year old, with an aptitude for logical argument. He must get it from his dad.)
Anyway, I started listening again because an item came on about Mary Wollstonecraft. I don't know if it's a special anniversary, but for once, it was interesting. What struck me as amusing though was that they asked the guests to commentate after and one (male, 50's, don't know his name, some politician bloke or journalist or some-such) had to admit that he had never read 'A vindication of the rights of women", her seminal work. Now, I have to also admit that although it has been on my bookshelf for more than 5 years, I have never read it through, but at least I've read the first half. This bloke did not have a clue, but was still asked for his opinion.
Two quotes that stuck with me are: "I was not born to tread the beaten track," and one I've just read by a friend of hers, Mary Hay.
'Vigorous minds are with difficulty restrained within the trammels of authority...it is to speculative and enterprising spirts...that all great changes and improvements in society have owed their origin."
I would now like to say thank you publicly to the more enlightened of my teachers who persuaded all the others ignore my imaginative re-interpretation of school rules in the Sixth Form and didn't kick me out.
I have just been trying to get my son to break the school rules that say he can't 'Rah!' back when other children do it to him to frighten him. He won't (good for him), so we came up with an alternative strategy of smiling confidently at them and saying hello instead. He got the basic premise fairly soon after and said on the way to school (after mulling it over), "Then they will be really confused, Mummy!"
Amor vincit omnia.
Maybe Daily Politics could come up with another strategy as well.
In the media:
From the Independent on #fingergate
'After Mr Farage had also been impersonated, Ms Soubry said: “I always think he looks like somebody has put their finger up his bottom....”
...The writer Caitlin Moran joked about the exchange, saying: “Please let Nigel Farage refute Anna Soubry's accusation with a press conference where he holds up his finger, as proof.”'
From the Guardian: "Mothers are worth less"