Thursday, November 02, 2006

Anyone but...

Gosh, everyone here in London seems to have a thing or two to say about Michael Ignatieff. Those who know his first wife Susan don't seem to be, um, that fond of him...

At a book launch this evening, I was told a great little anecdote from the time of their disintegrating marriage that I pass on, with lots of allegeds attached. Apparently, Susan made her husband angry at a party once by telling the people there that, "The only reason anyone thinks Michael is clever is because he just... talks... so... slowly."

Allegedly she said this. Allegedly.

A former friend of Ignatieff -- who embarked on a rant about him simply because I said I was from Canada -- also warned me that you should watch out for men who devote their lives to human rights. "They're always the worst," she said.

And this is why you should run for public office in a country where your ex-wife's friends aren't...

By the way, it's true what Michael Valpy wrote in his giant Ig portrait: "[W]hen discussing Susan, who refused to be interviewed for this story, the first observation Britons usually make is that she is working-class." That's not a comment on Ignatieff, but rather on this bizarre "class consciousness" that you constantly encounter here.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have to wonder why this article is even necessary - you could probably find people who are unhappy with anyone in this world of ours.

This is a "trashing attempt" and not very subtle.

And, not very important. Ah, who cares?

J. Kelly said...
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J. Kelly said...

Was it the post title "Anyone but..." that tipped you off?

Just some post-party blogging, really. No one should vote against Ignatieff because of comments like these. They should vote against Ignatieff because he's prone to gaffes, he wants to reopen the constitution despite having been out of the country during two referendums, Meech and Charlottetown, and he thought invading Iraq was a clever idea..

Get this man in a think tank where he belongs, and keep his noblesse oblige far away from the corridors of actual power!

M-J said...

Seconding JK's explanation and opinion.

Passing along the observation -- from family members who were with Iggy and others at U of T in the 60s -- that the perfesser was never known as the brightest bulb in the box.

mainja said...

lately i find my self simultaneously facinated and completely apathetic when it comes to politics. yes, i am that talented... *grin*

facinated by how people present themselves. apathetic in that i can't seem to get off my duff to find out who i would prefer (this goes for municipal elections going on right now too).

i love the conversations about ignatieff, as long as i am not called upon to contribute anything to the conversation.

The Tiger said...

...you should watch out for men who devote their lives to human rights. "They're always the worst," she said.

LOL. That's a little harsh.

Well, he's not a forgettable sort, at least...