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Reader’s Comment of the Day: In politics the good die young


In response to Cerberus: The strange silence of Tory MPs over Europe. Have they taken Dave’s shilling?, Don Benson wrote

How often do you hear it said that, despite voter cynicism, the vast majority of people who enter politics genuinely intend to do the best for the country and their own constituents? And of course everyone nods wisely and declares what a good chap or chapess his or her local MP is etc, etc. Well, however nice these people are, it’s my guess that most of the really good ones with any degree of independence of thought are weeded out by selection committees or silenced rapidly by one means or another on induction into the Westminster bubble.

When did you last hear a remarkable politician’s speech combining facts and intelligent analysis with the sort of oratorical skill that fires up the energy of listeners, lifting their minds above the dreary politically correct mentality of today’s governing classes? 

Where are the politicians capable of inspiring our whole nation, boosting its confidence, exalting in the skill and capacity of its people to achieve great things, asserting its independence from regional and global bullies, unashamed of the unparalleled good rooted in Christianity and Christian principles? And, no, I don’t mean the vacant amateur dramatics of Hilary Benn (nice person), which so impressed his third-rate political colleagues.

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