Politics: Brother can you spare a thought?

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LONDON — Tomorrow you will catch your tie in the feed tray of the photocopier. It won’t be a pretty end, but it will be final.

What do you want to leave behind?

Imagine your family will be looked after.

What do you want to leave behind?

Would you like to leave the world a better place?

That’s what politics is all about. And that’s why everyone should know something about it.

You may say that your contribution will be through charity work or education. And that’s fine. But who runs the biggest charity in the country? Your government. Who runs or regulates the education system? Yes, they do.

What do you know about it?

There’s no pride in ignorance. There’s just ignorance.

Opinions are not like children. Just because you’ve got one doesn’t mean you have to feed it and defend it over a whole lifetime.

That’s why we invented education and informed debate. Opinions change and should be tested and shared.

There are truly fascinating things happening in politics.

The US Presidential election. The EU rumba. The battle between regulators and financial services in Britain. The evolution of single party democracy in the Middle East.

What’s it all about?

It’s about what happens to the world after your unfortunate office equipment mishap.

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Books to read:

  • Making of the President 1960, Theodore H. White
  • Hardball, Chris Matthews
  • Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (mysteriously called Race of a Lifetime in the UK)
  • Churchill, by Roy Jenkins
  • So, what are the boys saying, Michel Gratton (for Canadians)
  • Primary Colors, Anonymous
  • Anthem, Ayn Rand

 

Or if its films you like (read books!) go for:

  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (first one, 1962)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • All The President’s Men (1976)
  • Wag the Dog (1997)
  • The Queen (2008)
  • W (2008)
  • The Fog of War (2003)

 

All available from your local Amazon, including in Canada and the United Kingdom.



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