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Wednesday, 07 October 2009

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Now, this is an interesting topic. One neither you nor I monopolise.
I believe absolutely in honesty in politics, that is I believe it would be a great idea, not that it happens. For whatever reasons politics is the art of using lots of words to say something which commits the speaker to nothing. Why? Perhaps because they get away with it. Some will attack them for their insincerity, others will decline to care.
I'm yet to be convinced that a bit of tinkering around the edges with the public sector (and i disagree about your 'non-jobs' rant) will tackle the nation's finances, and staking it all on that and the claim to honesty from Cameron and Osborne is sadly laughable. I say sadly because I'd like to see politics in a better state, my lot are far from perfect, i know that

As so often inpolitics the answer lies somewhere in the mush middle-ground. I always give the example of Maggie Thatcher who was often 'econimical with the actualite' - but you alwys knew because she looked and sounded uncomfortable wiht it. Only the spectacularly dim would ever have been takenby her attempts at prevarication - just like Boris on that amusing clip you showed over at your place.

Also, I think there is a deeper 'truth' and/or 'honesty' in politics. Maggie, like some Labour politicians of old (and even one or two today) was a conviction politician, her views were based on a firm philosophical foundation which guided her responses to the sudden eruptions of day-to-day politics. No-one, I think could claim that they didn't know where she was leading them. And her determination to push through reforms she thought necessary very nearly did for her - the Falklands war was a blessing for her. It is this lack of thought-through ideology which is so lacking today - and its scarcity is evident on both sides of the House. Cameron, I suspect, is all too aware that Maggie, by pursuing her ideology, might have fallen at the first election. He cannot rely on another Falklands!

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
T. S. Eliot

Well, he didn't seem to add very much to it. Not, he added hastily, that I am an expert but I did once try reading one of his plays and some of his 'poetry', all of which I found to be totally obscure. Mind you, apparently he made no effort to hide his intention of aiming solely at people with a good grounding in the classics, so that let me out.

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