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polidori redux
polidori redux
4 months ago

I’m not sure that people have no interest in politics. I suspect that they have simply lost all respect for those who practise it. Perhaps if they weren’t constantly in our faces.- A little remoteness can be beneficial.
As for Campbell. He is a prime candidate for a new reality show that I am devising. It will be called “Involuntary Euthanasia”. The main aim will be to end our suffering, rather than his.

Chris Hume
Chris Hume
4 months ago

The utter brass neck on Campbell. To see him pontificating about decency in government is bad enough, but to see his reputation being rehabilitated in this way is frankly nauseating. He should be in prison, to put it mildly.

Richard Abbot
Richard Abbot
4 months ago

There is no amount of money that you could pay me to watch anything that features Alastair Campbell.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Abbot

I don’t know, a public flogging would be worth a visit

MJ Reid
MJ Reid
4 months ago

The flaw in most arguments that revolve round people having commonsense, is so many people do not have any commonsense. It is not a generic trait in the population of any country.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  MJ Reid

Common sense is very subjective, what it entails is different for every person

Deb Grant
Deb Grant
4 months ago
Reply to  MJ Reid

To develop a level of common sense worth the label “sense” one needs experience of the ups and downs and contradictions of life. That’s why paying too much heed to young people doesn’t solve difficult problems.
When we criticise politicians we should consider that millions of clever people have not yet managed to solve the perennial problems of poverty that affects generations of some families, drug addiction which contributes to it, delinquency, crime and the global effects of severe climate events. This suggests that not especially clever people and/or common sense alone won’t solve them either.

Andrew Raiment
Andrew Raiment
4 months ago

Can’t be any worse than letting anyone with an Oxford PPE degree do the job.

Last edited 4 months ago by Andrew Raiment
Paddy Taylor
Paddy Taylor
4 months ago

I have a nagging feeling that the pitch meeting went something like this:
That Mitchell and Webb Look – Apprentice – YouTube

Martin Smith
Martin Smith
4 months ago

Can’t wait for the ‘organise the invasion of a sovereign nation’ episode.

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
4 months ago

William F. Buckley, Jr., said “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” I dare say he’d have added PhD students at Oxford University if he’d been asked about British politics.

Steve Elliott
Steve Elliott
4 months ago

Didn’t the Blair government put out a TV advertising campaign to persuade people to be interested in politics? From what I remember it featured fake interviews where one person would say they weren’t interested in politics and then the conversation would turn to something like the NHS and then they’d say but that’s politics.

Andrew Dalton
Andrew Dalton
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve Elliott

Yes. It went as far as people complaining about the price of a pint, to which the other would shake their head and say “you said you weren’t interested in politics.”

Aaron James
Aaron James
4 months ago

”Make Me A General?”

next season show – one can be Putin, One Zalenski, and the third Biden

1) Putin – corrupt to the core – and ruthless; but the military is corrupt, incompetent, and shirking. He is a trapped wild animal at this point.

2) Zalenski – corrupt to the core, soldiers patriotic, but him, and all the system, are pawns and controlled by character #3

3) Biden – corrupt to the core – has $Trillions to use for nefarious purposes – has the Pentagon to manage #2’s fighting, and no one knows what his motivation is but to distract voters from runaway inflation for Midterms.

Make for great hilarity…..

polidori redux
polidori redux
4 months ago
Reply to  Aaron James

The great flaw in your argument is that Biden is senile.

Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson
4 months ago

Fantastic article.

Roy Mullins
Roy Mullins
4 months ago

As I was reading the article I was losing the will to live. I was astonished at the craziness of it all.

Ian Barton
Ian Barton
4 months ago

I would not welcome my suitability as PM being judged by people who might be considered to be liars or racists.

Last edited 4 months ago by Ian Barton
Jeanie K
Jeanie K
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian Barton

liars and racists, as well as being totally evil.

Steve Murray
Steve Murray
4 months ago

We only need look at the trouble that presenting a “mini” budget without publishing OBR forecasts has just caused for Truss/Kwarteng to realise how the exercise of government is far from being a matter of common sense. Despite the combined experience and intellect (yes, i’m being serious) of the two of them, they heralded a political storm through relative naivety.
Anyone dropped in a senior role from the general public wouldn’t last two minutes in front of media questioning. The programme (which i don’t watch, i’ve got much better things to do) is an embarrassment to Campbell and Warsi and an insult to viewers from the description of it, except those who watch it (like the author of this article, i suppose) for a particular purpose other than taking it seriously.

Last edited 4 months ago by Steve Murray
Roger Inkpen
Roger Inkpen
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve Murray

Surely the argument is that Truss and Kwarteng are too intellectual, so don’t have common sense?

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
4 months ago

Why would anyone want to watch a program hosted by these two who look positively comically glum in the photo. The fact that Jackie Weaver that tinpot mini- authoritarian dictator was one of the contestants would only be a further disincentive to watch.