Sunday 23 September 2018

Bots, Brexit and Meghan

What not to say at a party and other lessons from 2017

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

In 2017, I learned: how to waste an enormous amount of time on Twitter. How bad-mannered and ill-tempered I can become on Twitter, in (perhaps imagined) contrast to being reasonably cordial in normal life. How to pronounce 'quinoa' - though I'd rather pronounce it than eat it. That the "new" cure-all therapy is sleep. Not all that new, though: the Victorians prescribed "bed rest" for every ailment.

That you should never discuss Brexit at a soiree or party. Poor Ruth Dudley Edwards, admitting that she had voted for Brexit, was told by an otherwise friendly colleague: "I'd rather spend an evening with a child-molester than with a Brexiteer."

Other subjects not to discuss at a social gathering: Donald Trump, the Eighth Amendment, and whether Meghan Markle really can claim to be "an ambassador for equality" while attaining the rank of princess.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss