Tuesday, 13 April 2010
As far as I can see it, there are three main criticisms of her in the papers at the moment…
1. A couple of years ago she blogged that Gordon Brown should quit as leader of the Labour party. I think Guido was one of the first to point this out.
I have a few thoughts on this – the first is that Guido is using the level of spite he normally reserves for Cabinet ministers. Perhaps that’s because he feels threatened by the poor little sweetheart, and he doesn’t normally feel threatened by other bloggers.
Anyway, the girl’s 20, which means she was about 18 two years’ ago. People do change their views at lot as they get older, particularly in that 16-30 bracket. I should know - I’m 29 and ¾.
The other thing that few people are pointing out is that two years’ ago coincided with when Polly Toynbee was calling for GB’s head. And we all know that Ellie has a slightly embarrassing new-border-on-prefect-style crush on the Toynbee lady. Who now thinks Gordon is the future (fair for all).
2. She once said something about hoping Thatcher would fall down the stairs on a skateboard. This has particularly angered the Mail.
Fair enough. Whatever your opinion of Mrs T, she is an elderly lady and wishing harm on her is childish and a bit mean.
I think that this says something a bit more about the quality of online discourse than it does about Miss (Ms?) Gellard’s character. I can’t be arsed to look, but I’d be willing to bet that I can find all sorts of right wing blogs with comments that could be construed as threats to ZaNu Liebore politicians, particularly that smiley Tony bloke.
It turns out people are even more of an arsehole online. People do say the most ridiculous things. But yes, silly girl to wish bodily harm on an old lady. I don't think she really meant it.
3. She is young, shrill and privileged. I think she’s probably all of those things.
To start with the privileged bit, I don’t know much about her background, but I think it’s sort of Holland Park and that. Anyway, who gives a fuck? You can’t rubbish criticism of David Cameron’s privileged background and then use that same argument against one of your opponents.
The young and shrill bit – young, of course. She can’t help that, can she?
The shrill bit – almost all young people talking about politics come over as pompous twats. Think of the first time you saw William Hague – but he seems to have got over that little presentation issue, and is now considered one of the true Tory heavyweights.
Although I’d rather watch a young Ellie talk than a young Hague (and yes, I didn’t use ‘listen’ deliberately).
So there you go.