Let’s Talk About Money
Monday, 18 October 2010
Right, enough about Have I Got News For You ! Thank you for all your kind and reassuring comments. Sorry to those who thought the cumulative remarks were “sycophantic” - but I mean, really, cheer up!
First of all, the comments weren’t all positive.
Second, as one poster pointed out, this is my website! The chances are, this isn’t where people would come to be horrible. Plenty of people found the website BECAUSE they’d liked the show and wanted to say so. It would be a strange place to come to criticize; that would be weirdly rude, wouldn’t it? People who didn’t like it could say so on BBC websites, on their own blogs, in other public forums, they wouldn’t need to come to the personal website of one of the contributors to do that. Fine to do it if they want to argue with someone’s expressed opinion, of course, but I didn’t really express any opinions on that show; it would be a bit mean to come here just to say they thought I wasn’t funny, or looked ugly, or did a bad job - hurray for human nature and old-fashioned British manners, that there wasn’t a great stream of people queuing up to do that!
Third, horrible remarks don’t get put up here anyway. Why should they? It’s not a newspaper, it’s not a publicly-funded organization, it’s my private website and if I want the mood to be nice and friendly then it can be!
Fourth, maybe the programme really was fine and nobody has anything horrible to say? Maybe it was an enjoyable half hour of TV, everyone looked all right, everyone was quite funny and there’s nothing particularly bad to say? It’s possible! There don’t always have to be black and white takes on everything. I remember once the Daily Mail ringing me up, years ago, to ask me for a piece criticizing… who was it now? Someone really harmless. I think it was Denise Van Outen. I said “Why, what’s she done? What have I missed?” and they said “Oh no, it’s nothing specific, but she’s everywhere at the moment, everyone’s raving about her and we need an alternative view, she needs a bit of a knock”.
Obviously I didn’t write the piece. But the mood on the internet has got a bit like that; if everyone’s positive about something, some people feel there’s a requirement to be nasty “for balance”. There isn’t! Sometimes it’s fine for things to be fine!
Anyway, from a purely personal viewpoint, I’m very grateful for the nice comments because I was very nervous and self-conscious about it, my confidence isn’t at an all-time high, and I think it’s really kind of people to make the effort to find the website and type in encouraging remarks.
Let’s draw a line under that one now. I wanted to write a new blog but I’m not fizzing with a particular new opinion this morning. It’s the anniversary of the day my father died, and I think will be a day of quiet reflection for me. I don’t know why I’m mentioning that really, other than that it might give people a moment to remember my father, if they were familiar with him, and I like the thought of people doing that today.
So, instead of a new opinion on the world, here’s my shouty column from yesterday about politicians and money…