Popular Myth 2: Politicians are Mummy and Daddy

As children, we expect our parents to put us first, to be firm but kind, above all to be right.

And then we grow up.

The Mother by Asbjorn Gundersen

The Mother by Asbjorn Gundersen

But we still seem to have unrealistically high expectations of our politicians, and to go into all the bitterness and woe of neglected children when they turn out just to be human.

As members of a democracy, I think we need to trust less to individual saintliness or brilliance in an MP or leader and trust more to the democratic process: politicians will do what’s best for us exactly to the extent that we are prepared to vote for what’s best for us. And that takes some thinking! In fact it might turn out that we are the ones that need to be brilliant and saintly more than they!

Dear old Nick Clegg especially comes in for gunning from media and voters alike because he

– changes his mind  – compromises  – adjusts to reality  – doesn’t know everything  – isn’t scary enough  – isn’t always right  – admits fault  – isn’t omnipotent…

But maybe we are grown up enough to cope with a Liberal leader?

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