In a perfect world the Pundy House would be a democracy but sadly in these troubled times it is necessary for the maintence of civilised society to rule my domain much more like the Vatican, with me as the supreme pontiff at the centre, infallible and directly in touch with a superior being (my wife), leading you (the sinners) ultimately to a form of salvation.
There are many good reasons for this form of governance.
Mainly, of course, because I KNOW BEST. You may argue that this is a dictatorship. You are wrong. And even if you are right, it is a benign one, and therefore nothing for you to worry about. There is, for example, virtually no censorship. As long as you mostly agree with me you are free to say whatever I wish. Comments are rarely moderated. In addition, women are accorded equal status here too, insofar as they are equal. Religion is tolerated. What more could anyone, other than a disaffected dissident, possibly want? Be content with your lot.
In order to maintain this happy state, therefore, any attempts by an outside agency to impose democracy on this blog will be strenuously resisted.
Following the announcement of the Blog of the Year Awards a number of my subjects have asked how they get to vote in the various categories. The answer is, you don't. You may, if you wish, nominate blogs which you believe are especially praiseworthy and I may subsequently check out these bogs. Or I may not.
You will understand that, in the interests of the efficient working of the nation state, it is sufficient that I alone select the winners in the various categories. Needless to say, there is no appeal from my decision.
As a sop to my loyal subjects, this year I intend to introduce an additional category:
Commenter of the Year
This award will be determined by the number, and tone, of the Comments each entrant has made on this blog in the past year. Negative Comments will necessarily lose points in the final assessment but this in no way affects your rights to freedom of speech. It is just something you should, if you have any sense, bear in mind.
On the vexed subject of the Dress Code for the Awards Ceremony I would simply make two points:
1 Have you actually got an invitation?
2 The Emperor has no clothes - why should you?