The Answer Is No

There’s an article in today’s Observer that asks: Has Strictly made a national treasure of Ann Widdecombe?

For those of you unfamiliar with both British politics and the BBC TV entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, I should perhaps point out that Ms. Widdecombe is a former British politician of the Conservative stripe, and Strictly is an entertainment program that partners professional dancers with “celebrities”.

I confess that I have found it strange to understand the adulation heaped upon Ms. Widdicombe in the program. She clearly has no talent for dancing whatsoever. And while the British might like rooting for the underdog, I cannot let the memory of her politics go. Her views I find simply abhorrent.

It’s rather as though I was watching a Geert Wilders or a Tariq Ramadan pirouetting in a celebrity dance contest. Forget what they have done and what they represent? Become blinded by the sequins and the feel-good factor? Nope, I don’t think so.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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