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.

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