Call me naive, cannon fodder to be bewitched and beguiled by falsehoods and smarm. I thought politicians who rose to take higher office did so out of some sense of duty to serve their country, to try and achieve, to perhaps leave a legacy for their fellow countryman and for the common and greater good of all. Obviously I have read too many books about great Statesmen of the past and from the earlier part of the twentieth century. Now we have the present crop that apparently has different motives.
Well they certainly ‘try and achieve’. Further their own careers and line their pockets in the process more like. Amongst other things I refer to the current practise of publishing memoirs. Recently memoirs from Cherie Blair and Alastair Campbell, not politicians granted, but nevertheless people behind the ‘power’ with their eye to the keyhole. Now it’s the turn of Lord Mandelson, and soon to be followed by Tony Blair and no doubt Gordon Brown. The picture portrayed, from the comment and column inches I have read, does not seem a pretty one. Jealousy, back stabbing, groups of plotters lining up behind their principals, all seemingly with total disregard to any pretence of actual principles. Mendacious possibly, and economic with the truth probably, they paint with a broad brush to illuminate their way forward to the next step on their career beyond homeland politics.
No, I have not read these books, their memoirs and have no intention of doing so. Not a penny of my hard earned money will reach the pockets of these people. Wouldn’t it be nice to believe that one day I will have due cause to think otherwise and less cynically!