Should I be considering all the options?
I have sometimes been scathing about politicians’ rather fleeting acquaintance with truth, and their rather more intimate relationship with opinion and expediency. But this week I have had to eat my words.
Boris Johnson has finally persuaded me that there are some deep thinking and selfless politicians out there. How many people, after all, would write two perfectly honed newspaper articles, on the same subject, from diametrically opposed perspectives, just to make sure that the final, published view was sincerely held and could not be thought as motivated by, say, ambition?
I admire him for his integrity, just as I respected his depth of knowledge when recently interviewed with John Kerry on the issue of Russian intervention in Syria. Those long pauses between phrases showed how much he truly cared, and how thoroughly he had read his briefing notes, as Kerry stood by, holding his breath and nodding benignly when Boris finally came out with a sentence that almost made sense.
I have decided to start following Boris’s example by rigorously considering the pros and cons of any debate.
In fact, we should all do so, because we’ve all got so much time to spare, haven’t we? From now on, when I go shopping, I will take two lists, one outlining what I need, and one arguing what I could buy instead, just to make sure that I fill my bags with what I really, really want. When I go into London, I will also buy a train ticket to Birmingham, by way of research, so that wherever I end up, I can be absolutely sure that that is where I want to be.
Come to think of it, it would even be sensible to start going out with other men, so that I can mark my partner against them, rather than just assuming that we should stay together. I mean, I can see the benefits of being with him, and they are quite significant, but maybe I should examine other possibilities, in case it becomes, what is the phrase, ‘blindingly obvious,’ that I should make a different choice, particularly if someone else might be able to offer me, oh, I don’t know, a very nice house on Downing Street?
I would show you the other article I wrote this week, but I imagine you can predict what it says. Just walk with me through the looking glass.