Friday 13th for those of a superstitious nature, was once the traditional day for making your way up the 13 steps to the hangmanâs noose.
It is Friggaâs day, specially named for those who donât give a flying frigg. Like Guido who has been gently nudging Derek âDollyâ Draper towards his own personal noose. âDollyâ says that Guido has been âdissingâ him, claiming that he has exaggerated his qualifications as a psychotherapist. He says:
âThis is about my work as a psychotherapist. Every week I see vulnerable people, some with life threatening mental illnesses and it is a disgrace to call into question my professional qualifications on the most concocted and inaccurate of grounds.â
Derek Draper? Would that be the same Derek Draper who Greg Palast memorably skewered on behalf of the Observer a few years ago?
âDerek Draper guided us through the peculiarities of British democracy. âThere are 17 people who count,â Draper told us. âAnd to say I am intimate with every one of them is the understatement of the century.â We needed proof of Draperâs insider bona fides. Draper rose to the challenge, literally. He stood up from his chair, took a pager from his belt and, holding it up, read off one phone message after another â nearly two dozen in all â from the powerful and near-to-power. âEd Miliband â call me; Dave Miliband â please call; Paul Hackettâ¦ thatâs (John) Prescottâs office â¦ â There were several messages from Liz Lloyd of the Downing Street Policy Unit, Balls from the Treasury and othersâ.
Surely this psychotherapist who sees âvulnerable peopleâ with âlife threatening mental illnessesâ cannot be the same lobbyist who boasts of the âintimateâ relationship he has with a roll call of Labourâs star names?
What could be more intimate than your relationship with your vulnerable clients?
I trust Guido will get to the âbottomâ of this affair; I understand that Dolly has a close relationship with Lord Mandelson, who was present at a âbloggerâs breakfastâ where this highly qualified psychotherapist flew into a tantrum on spying someone he thought was in league with Guido. Not a brilliant advert for his counseling business.
Whilst we are talking of psychotherapists, and Guido not giving a frigging fu*k, did you know that Friggatriskaidekaphobia was a morbid, irrational fear of Friday 13th? There is a highly qualified California psychotherapist who specialises in curing people of this phobia.
The things you find out when you Google âCaliforniaâ âpsychotherapistâ â as Guido discovered!