NO ANSWER AT THE TOP…
NO ANSWER AT THE TOP
There is an assumption about those that go into politics that the big ambition is to get as far up the greasy pole as it is possible to get. In other words "success" is defined by becoming a Government Minister.
I have always been rather doubtful of this. Ministerial jobs seem rather short lived and you find yourself in the firing line whenever anything goes wrong, whether or not you had much to do with the issue.
I never had the necessary talent to get to Westminster let alone a job in Government, but I am not really sorry about that.
If I am asked a question, I place a high value on trying to answer it honestly. I have never been too bothered whether it is the answer the questioner wants to hear. The truth is much more important than misleading or sugar coating things.
One of the common qualities that Government Ministers seem to share is that they are masters at evading answering questions in a straightforward way. I listened to an interview this morning and I found it profoundly depressing. The Minister was asked the same question, in about four or five ways, but each time, he found ways not to answer it.
Ministers must receive training by "experts" on evading questions, or maybe they don't and are just very clever people who understand that they will cause problems for their colleagues if they are candid.
All will be revealed in a few years time when they have left office and want to sell you their book!
My reaction to this behaviour is that I will stop listening to such interviews, because I am learning nothing… and I certainly won't be buying their book!
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