Just a quickie…
A senior politician (I won’t say who, or which side) once told me something which, at the time was somewhat surprising to hear, but in retrospect it’s obvious – and puts a lot of things into perspective:
For politicians, the number one priority is to get elected / to get re-elected / to get their side into power.
And this person specifically said that sometimes, the motivation to get elected trumps good policy.
I don’t suppose that it always goes for all politicians, but often, particularly when in opposition, you can see that on show.
You’d hope that more often than not, good policy would actually get them elected, but it’s not always the case.
Of course you can argue that for someone wanting to Do Good, there’s a limit to what they can do without being elected… so of course it could be seen as important.
And no doubt there are some idealist politicians out there who would genuinely risk their popularity or their position in the pursuit of good policy.
But remember, as you watch their actions, and hear their comments and sometimes incredibly overblown rhetoric, that for most politicians, getting elected and staying elected is their number one priority.