Politicians Anyone a politician? Anyone know any? Here are some thoughts on how a politician should behave after the EU referendum. In uncertain times the word ‘if’ is a good as it gets! With apologies to Rudyard Kipling Boris, if you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, George, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; Angela, if you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or Jeremy, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: Nicola, if you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; Jean-Claud, if you can bear to hear the truth that’s spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: The next leaders, If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be the Prime Minister, my son (or daughter)!
Avoiding Making Enemies (Boris) It is not unusual for people in the public eye to make comments that later prove to be embarrassing or, at worst, lead to strained relationships. My advice tonight is about engaging the brain before expressing opinions. There are far too many opinions in the world including this one. The recent appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary illustrates the risk admirably. These are a few of his remarks about people he now needs to relate to: The Russian leader may see these remarks as a compliment: He called Vladimir Putin, “a ruthless and manipulative tyrant,” despite “looking a bit like Dobby the House Elf”? (Draco Malfoy’s family elf ) Although Johnson’s great-grandfather was a Turk, he’s no fan of current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Eastern flank of Nato won’t be too pleased with his limerick: “There was a young fellow from Ankara / Who was a terrific wankerer / Till he sowed his wild oats / With the help of a goat / But he didn’t even stop to thankera.” Relationships with most of the Commonwealth may prove difficult after these remarks: He said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies,” US relations may be tricky after these remarks: Mr Johnson gave an unflattering description of White House hopeful Hillary Clinton in a newspaper opinion piece. He said: “She's got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.” Anyway, contrary to insider opinion, his appointment as Foreign Secretary at least proves that Theresa May has a sence of humour.