I ran into an old friend today.
It was his bloody fault – he shouldn’t have been walking down the middle of the road.
Any how, after swapping the usual pleasantries such as who was going to pay for injuries and the like, we got chatting.
He used to be one of the regulars down in the pub but he moved away and for a while we lost touch. I don’t know what he was doing back loitering in the middle of the road in the village and knowing him, it’s better not to ask.
The conversation took a strange turn. Apparently he had discovered this site and had been reading it. “Jayzus,” says he, “but you have turned into a real fucking conservative!”
Now I’m not sure quite what to make of that. In Ireland, we only had two really big political parties and both of them are exactly the same so the definition of left-wing, right-wing, conservative, liberal or whatever leaves me a little confused. I sort of assumed that left-wing was all cloth caps and trade unions while right wing meant stuffy, stick-in-the-mud professional types. There again, I could only base this on UK politics as they at least seemed to have a well defined two party system. But then that is going back a bit. I gather they are the same as us now – all parties identical in all but name?
I don’t know what my politics are. I wouldn’t have said conservative, because it doesn’t feel right. Left wing or Labour is out as I don’t often wear a cloth cap nor do I belong to a Trades Union. [Do they have a Trades Union for pensioners?]
I suppose the nearest I could pick would be Libertarian, but then people start talking about left-wing libertarians and right-wing libertarians so I’m back where I started.
I asked my friend what he thought I was.
He opined [d’you like that word?] that I was a sort of left-wing radical conservative with liberal leanings.
I pointed out that that was a bit of a mouthful, and could he be more specific.
“You are a cantankerous old bollix” says he.