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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Opinions-Politicians-Democracy and bacon butties!

I recently received a message from a reader of this Blogspot, who had read my few comments about politicians and I take the liberty of reproducing this message here. Why? Because The readers opinion on certain UK politicians is so different from that which I hear all the time from UK friends. Not living in UK any more, and not having done so for over 40 years, I am not really in the position to give a good, honest opinion, except one based on what I see in newspapers, TV programmes etc., and of course, newspapers have to be sold at a profit, and TV programmes must attract viewers.
Just the fact that we have arrived at the situation where many things may not be beleived or trusted is,I feel, an indication of the level of trust in politicians by their citizens.
I still don't think that Tony Blair (or his wife, probably) know the price of a loaf of bread, or the rashers of streaky bacon which the British so love to put upon it!

1 comment:

sybariter said...

Mr le M

My comment was just a variant of one I've made to students over the years :-) - that is, avoid over-generalizations. Of course SOME politcians are in it for vanity, power, money, as with any area of work - cf the documentary on estate agents the other night on BBC1. But I wouldn't generalize from that to all estate agents. I think the reason why the main one featured - Foxtons - was so bad is that they've adopted a very American approach to business, rewarding those who make a lot of money however they do it and publicly humiliating people who don't at weekly group meetings, where, in a very unBritish way, they get very patriotic - a sure sign it's the American influence, and so, ironically, actually rather unpatriotic.

Politics involves a lot of rather boring work, which really vain people, like Alan Clark, don't relish. Some politicians put up with that and lots of boring meetings because, like many of us, they like to feel they are doing something worthwhile with their lives. But they need a certain amount of arrogance and a thick skin to put themselves forward knowing they will be a target of personal attacks and the kind of general cynicism prevalent in our culture, particularly in the media. But then journalists are generally regarded as a pretty low life-form :-) Blair, with his spin doctors and dodgy dossier, etc. has just encouraged general cynicism. But, much as I dislike him, I suspect that he too wanted to do good, and has done in some areas, e.g. health spending, reducing child poverty, etc.