April 22, 2014

Can No One in Britain Run an Election?

Benedict Brogan, Daily Telegraph

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Might this eagerness to contract out our politics and government to foreigners be the point where we discover the limits of openness? Politics, after all, is first and foremost a closed conversation between governed and those who aspire to govern. It requires a common bond that blends something of citizenship, tax paid, and shared lives in a common society. It also requires politicians with a clear message and confidence in themselves, capable of looking the voters in the eye and winning them over with a compelling argument. Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage both succeed because they have found a patter that catches the ear. Neither may withstand close scrutiny, but in an age when politicians are despised, their ability to connect with the electorate rewards close study.

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