The Red Arrow wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:59 pm
3h3 hours ago
Replying to @Channel4News @brexit_sham
If we're going to be choosing our political leaders based on focus groups and "likeability", can we just skip to the end and have the next PM as a golden retriever in a union jack waistcoat who can bark the theme tune to "Only Fools & Horses"?
John MacGill / Iain MacGilleBhràth
3h3 hours ago
So pretty much Boris Johnson then?
Carry on, chaps.
Thing is, it'd be nice to pretend likeability wasn't a factor but human nature is to form opinions on body language, attitude, and how you say something - not just what you say. So sure, Johnson may be a sack of scheming dog turds but he's one with charisma and charm. We'll have to see how far that takes him, but to date it has taken him to No. 10. Similarly, Starmer may not be quite as naturally charming in speeches, but he clearly has intelligence and passion. If he gets the nod we'll have to hope he can get across who he is as a person more, while helping expose Johnson's duplicity.
But when you get the non-combo of a blatant lack of ability and focus AND you come over badly, like Corbyn, Lavery and RLB etc. do to anyone outside his fanclub bubble, then the struggle isn't so much uphill as vertical. And no amount of griping at 'poor people' about what they could have got if only they'd elected someone they didn't warm to, or blaming 'centrists' for not showing unwavering loyalty in the face of hostility and ineptitude, will change things. And no amount of blaming it on a hostile media will help if you repeatedly play right into their hands, do nothing to counter bad press except chunter away under your beard about it, and also genuinely *are* a petulant, boring old git (or, as we have now, a nonsense-spouting gaffe-prone rework of the same).
You don't win anything by just being achingly worthy, except the adoration of the faithful. But of course as we all now know embellishing their own credentials was probably the top priority at the last election for some. The difficult thing is, telling a single mum whose benefits have just been cut, or a disabled man who has been told he has to find work even though he cannot leave the house, or the residents of a town whose car industry has just left that you 'won the argument' and now you want to revolutionise how they choose Labour MPs they don't want to vote for any more anyway isn't going to pay their mortgage, put food on the table, or give them a sense of worth.
Which is why the mentality of giving Corbyn 10/10 for his abject failure, while sneering at folk who had the sheer audacity of not electing him is the sort of thinking that will hand Johnson the 2025 GE right now.