of how to be a politician....................
This guy is a self made man, owns a good
business, treats his staff very well, pays good wages and hefty annual
bonuses if they have earned them and is generally liked and respected
as an honest man by all who know him. One day, jokingly, a
friend suggests that he would make a good MP. Our man likes that and
stands for parliament. At the hustings he makes two promises and,
eventually, is elected as an MP. When he gets to the follies (town hall
speak for the houses of parliament), he is shown his office.
Immediately, the chief whip visits to welcome him. He also points out
that one of his promises does not fit in with the new party policy and
to pursue it would ensure a political life in the wilderness.
The second visitor is a lobbyist for a
major multi national UK business. The lobbyist advises the new MP of
the disastrous effects to the treasury of his other promise and the
dire pressures it would put on the company he represents. Our new man
is further advised that to upset such a powerful company, who he may
need as an ally in later political life would be the worst first
mistake he could make.
Our man has to stand up and make a U
turn on both promises. Such is the evil
of politics, it turns an honest man into a liar. Politicians are not
born, they are made by the nature of the business they are in.