Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Who's not suited for politics?

• Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the smartest of them all?
In fierce exchanges at Prime Minister’s Question Time today, Prime Minister David Cameron called upon his mum to tell Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that he should smarten up.

Jeremy Corbyn responded by invoking the memory of his late mum to tell David Cameron that he should have better principles.

It’s quite something when the leaders of the two main parties need the help of their mums in the playground of daily politics. 

Do we really have the politicians we deserve? These days few of them seem that smart – or principled.
  • David Cameron doesn't seem so smart. He spent years rubbishing the European Union, but is now having to furiously back-pedal and say that the EU is a great institution after all.
  • Jeremy Corbyn doesn't seem so smart. He spent years rubbishing Labour leaders from the backbenches, but now he’s leader, he hasn't be able to win the support of his backbenchers.
  • Boris Johnson (pictured), London mayor and the prime-minister-wannabe - well some claim that he's doesn't seem so smart, intellectually or sartorially, or principled.  
Indeed, many have questioned whether Boris Johnson looks prime ministerial: uncombed, unshaven, unkempt, untied and unsuited. And others have questioned his principles and asked whether he wants Britain to leave the EU simply so that he can lead Britain?
Those who say they “want our country back” may wonder what exactly they’d be getting back if we left the EU. Maybe they should visit the European Parliament – democratically elected – and witness efficient, polite politics at work. 

No daily high drama. No filibustering. New EU laws and regulations carefully considered by MEPs in committees, earnestly debated in Parliament, and democratically passed, amended or flatly rejected usually without any shouting or name calling. Isn’t that the smarter way to do politics?

If we leave the EU, I will start a new campaign called: “I want my continent back.”

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