The result is we get almost (I use the word with care, because I am not talking absolutes here) universally hopeless, helpless and useless politicians who fail to offer hope to the country. We can all nominate some exceptions. They do exist. But they are rare. And that must be because of systemic failings in our political system because I meet competent people with political opinions on a day to day basis, many of whom would more than ably rise to the challenges that government presents.

So says the man who insists that government must have much more power. So also says the man who is incapable of seeing the illogic of believing both things at the same time.

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  1. I’ve known only one PM personally – long before he was PM, naturally. I was cleverer, had more experience of dealing with people of different sorts, and was (I boast) an altogether more sensible chap, with a broader, more mature world view.

    And yet I could never have become PM. The endless years of greasing shady people, the regurgitating of arguments you know to be bollocks, the wielding of sharp elbows, … Ugh! Not for me.

    For anyone who doubts the sort of people who succeed in politics it is enough to see that the American people elected the Orange Ogre and then they (or their photocopiers) replaced him with a decrepit, irritable, old crook who can scarcely find his way out of a cafe.

  2. It’s s classic “bad drives out good”. Any competent, patriotic person contemplating politics would quickly observe that a) his “colleagues” will stab him in the back at the first opportunity, and b) eected politicians are, in any event, mere ornaments, they are not the people making the actual decisions.

  3. @dearieme

    Before them, was Obama, a man with no achievements (but who was supposedly clever) and Bush, a man who was not terribly bright. Clinton was fairly competent and Bush senior was a genuine war hero and appears to have been competent (being head of the CIA is not a job for numpties).

  4. Dennis, Bullshit Detector

    I meet competent people with political opinions on a day to day basis, many of whom would more than ably rise to the challenges that government presents.

    Given the circles Richard Murphy travels in, this is highly unlikely. To put it mildly.

  5. Given the circles Richard Murphy travels in, this is highly unlikely. To put it mildly.

    In those circles, competence is relative.

  6. “Component people with political opinions”. I imagine he’s thinking of the chap he meets in the bathroom mirror when he brushes his teeth.

    Dearime: Binden finding his way out of a cafe would, indeed, be an exceptional achievement. His words certainly have a tough time finding their way from his cerebrum to his mouth and I suspect his feet have trouble finding their way out of his trouser legs.

  7. Apols if this were from here, but saw this recently “Politics is the occupation of choice for highly ambitious people having little or no actual ability”.

    I wish the circles Murphy moves in were ever decreasing, although given his propensity for alienating almost everyone he interacts with, perhaps they are….

  8. “I meet competent people with political opinions on a day to day basis,”

    For a given value of “competence”, of course.
    And one thing that is clear with P³ is that he never, ever, listens to the ones that truly are competent..

  9. If the politician hasn’t done something substantial with his/her life before venturing into politics they are likely to be useless and corrupt.

    If

  10. I find this piece exceptionally entertaining because prior to me being made, like so many on this blog ‘persona no grata’ Chez P3 I once replied to his, and one of his co- author around their idea of Universal Basic Income with a query over whether it would be payable to all regardless of nationality.

    Murphy’s response was to say it would only be to EU citizens which I said would be deemed discriminatory to ‘non- Whites’, so might be problematic electorally. His co- author’s response is that the Agreement would be bilateral – so for those few U.K. citizens living in Poland they’d be able to claim from the Polish government. This fell into so many issues that he banned me as a troll after the third reply.

    What this told me is that in terms of practical politics he (as was his co- author) was a classic intellectual with no practical understanding. Oddly his observation is not invalid. Politicians have never been worse in our history, but he’s the intellectual equivalent of a cavemen confronted with an IPad. He knows it’s a complex object but that is the limit of his insight

  11. The Pedant-General

    “So says the man who insists that government must have much more power. So also says the man who is incapable of seeing the illogic of believing both things at the same time.”

    Ah, but you see, there’s no illogic: it would all be fine if HE was in charge.

    Indeed, we can tell the system is corrupt, because obviously he WOULD be in charge if it wasn’t.

    Easy when you know how.

  12. We are now at a stage where anyone who has said anything that could be construed as unpleasant, at any time in their life, is hounded out of the public space. The quality of leadership we are going to ‘enjoy’ as a result, in all aspects of life, is going to be utterly pants.

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