Credo: Sue Townsend
Independent on Sunday
Registered blind for four years, the creator of Adrian Mole has written a sequel to ‘The Queen and I’, a wry royal saga.
I believe people do not mature very much. I’m still waiting to properly mature.
I believe that you can live without a mobile phone and that they have caused a lot of disharmony. You used to be able to be able to leave a domestic argument by walking out and slamming the door, but now rows carry on by phone.
I believe that Camilla is 1,000 times more sexy than Diana. She and Charles should have married when they first fell in love and saved themselves a lot of anguish and misery. She isn’t neurotic and had a very happy childhood, whereas he’s still hounded by his. It’s bad for two neurotics to marry.
I believe teenagers are enchanting, if you are not their parents. They’re not miserable. They are so hopeful and excited about the future and we should encourage that.
I believe that when you are in real deep shit it is your family that help you out.
I believe that the word ‘feminism’, like the word ‘socialism’, has become taboo and it is time to reclaim those words and give them an image makeover.
I believe that Tony Blair sees himself as a Shakespearian, rather than messianic, character, the only one to carry the flame for the moral life of Britain. With Iraq, he has done a great disservice to this country and we will pay for what he has done for years to come.
I believe that all writers write about class. It has huge potential for comedy.
I believe that David Cameron has the gift of the gab and not much else.
I believe that we get the yob culture we deserve because adults completely wash their hands of any responsibility for anything that happens outside their front door. I am with Hillary Clinton, it takes a village to raise a child.
I believe going to church is like having a very nice hobby, like stamp collecting. But orthodox religion is a bad thing, and any kind of theocracy is bad.
I believe people still have a lot to learn about disabled people. A diabetic condition means I am now registered blind and largely confined to a wheelchair, and I get people asking my husband what I want to drink, even though I am sat there.
I believe that every woman should carry a small pack of dominos in her handbag. I always have something in my handbag that children can play with.
I believe that dogs should know their place and that place is on the floor.
I believe that Gordon Brown is an unconvincing actor and you have to be [an actor] in politics now. It is a pity, because he is far cleverer than the others and has a great heart. I will want to leave the country if John Reid takes over from Tony Blair.
I believe it is much better to buy one cashmere jumper than six woollen ones. A black v-neck cashmere jumper can be rolled up in your handbag, worn to dinner or a football match. I know, I’ve done it.
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I believe that on the day of Shock and Awe, when English bombers were bombing Baghdad, it was the most shameful thing I have ever seen. I do not know how Tony Blair could explain to his own children what he was doing bombing innocent children in Baghdad.
I believe that cluster bombs are evil and should be banned and we shouldn’t manufacture them.
I believe it is wrong that children are denied the right to play and experience nature for themselves.
I believe that the police washed their hands of doing anything about crack cocaine, which causes such misery, 15 years ago.
I believe that family and social networks are incredibly important.
I believe you need to experience the world and live a little before you choose what should be your partner for life.
I believe local authorities should prosecute buildings without easy access for disabled people. It’s humiliating to have to go through the backdoor and through the kitchens at hotels, as I have, because you are in a wheelchair.
I believe that Talking Books have been my lifeline.
I believe that the BBC and NHS are marvellous assets and we should be proud of them.