Politics and the common touch

If you say that someone has the common touch you mean that they have the natural ability to have a good relationship with ordinary people and be popular with them.

(Collins Dictionary)

The British people are an interesting lot. They’ll listen to their politicians forever, detailing their policies, wittering on and confirming, or otherwise, their own views and prejudices. They end up voting largely on gut feeling. Will I be better or worse off? Will the country become fairer? Will the Health Service be OK? Are things heading in the right direction? Etcetera etcetera! Ordinary people can’t do the detail, the minutiae of politics and economics. They are too busy getting on with their own lives.

But, if you wish to lead the British people, these days, you must have the common touch. Otherwise, you can be in big trouble, no matter how well thought out your personal political philosophy.

Consider the most successful politicians of modern times.

Harold Wilson changed his accent, used his pipe as a prop.
John Major campaigned in the streets, stood on a soap box.
Tony Blair embraced britpop and smiled as he spoke.
David Cameron, an Etonian, oozed charm.

But what of Margaret Thatcher, you ask? Ah, but, at a time of weakness, she sent forces to save the democracy of British islanders thousands of miles away. She was made of sterner stuff!

So, what is my point? The British wish to be well led and well managed BUT!
They need to see empathy, they need to see emotion, they need to see that their leader has the COMMON TOUCH.

I leave the reader to compare and contrast Theresa May with Jeremy Corbyn.

Thanks for reading.