Give us dirty politicians

Give us dirty politicians

I have to say I have been heartily irritated by the puritanical response to Rob Ford’s admission of drug and alcohol use. I don’t live in Toronto, of course, but according to this author the man still has a higher approval rating than the british Prime Minister. Her call for politics to be open ‘not only to those who were plotting their political career in their teens’ rings well with me. And she also notes that London’s mayor is known to have a child ‘out of wedlock’ [meaningless accusation] and his constituents don’t give a damn. The need for lily clean politicians will now gracefully die, one hopes. Although she also notes that Ford is known to have threatened to kill someone, I have probably done the same in the throes of drunkenness at some point. The difference being that a) no one was there to listen in to my thoughts (except the NSA et al), and b) I would not have the ability to get an other person to do the act so it never happens. In Ford’s case, barring evidence to the contrary, we may also assume it never happened and was merely a fit of piqued words. Also, note that the other two items on the page are entirely unrelated to the leader opinion. She makes the potentially offensive point that many politicians are being shaped by focused groups, their nearest approach to ‘real life’ is nodding at security guards on the way to parliament, and that they have been suspiciously plotting their careers since their childhood (additionally, I would note, the conspicuous requirement of Christianity in anglo nation politicians is suspicious, the cognitive dissonance is frightening at times. You don’t see it in the media, but try going to a coffee house near a seminary and see what they say)

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