I’m not famous and I don’t desire to be. I much prefer telling the story to being the story, though life is not always so kind as to indulge our better judgement.
Thanks mainly to the internet, I’m well aware that I’m known today to many more people than I’ve ever met in person, and that there are probably thousands of people who have an opinion on me which is not based upon any meaningful, direct personal experience.
I get hate mail and I also get fan mail. Some hate me and others love me – and none of them know me in person. The like or the dislike is based upon something they’ve heard or seen that I’ve said or done – or something that is attributed to me by third parties which may or may not be true.
There is character and there is reputation, and the two are not necessarily the same. There is who we really are and there is what other people say about us.
I know a lot of people think I must be a hard, harsh and serious man. Well, sometimes I am; but often I am not. I have a hard exterior, it is true, toughened by years of criticism and adversity, but I would hope I’m never hard-hearted. It is possible – indeed vital – to be tough on the outside yet loving on the inside, and I aspire to both.
I was recently told of a young lady’s opinion of me which I thought rather touching. Every compliment is worth a thousand insults. The young lady and I have met only once, at Lincoln’s Inn. She had heard of me beforehand and did not anticipate a pleasant meeting, however, I am told that she found me to be “surprisingly nice.”
I wish the young lady well in her pupillage.
David Cameron and Ed Miliband both come across as being ever so nice, don’t they? Well, nice or not, I think we’ll be sick of both of them by the end of the 2015 General Election campaign.
You are not obliged to watch them on TV or listen to them on the radio. We may not be able to vote them out of office or get them to govern diligently for the common good, but we can keep our radios a Dave Free Zone by judicious use of the buttons and dials.
I dislike both Dave and Ed (though I’ve never met either of them) and that dislike is of course based on their politics. I’ve no idea what the political landscape is going to look like after the election, but presumably one of these men will be Prime Minister.
Dave enjoys much better treatment from most major media groups – the BBC especially – than does Ed. It isn’t fair but that is how it is.
David Cameron has had five years in office and his political record and his personal conduct over that time really ought to be better understood by the public – that they might vote accordingly – but Cameron’s many disastrous decisions are never dwelt upon by the BBC.
If you are considering any established politician (rather than a never-elected aspirant), please judge them on their record and not on the propaganda. Of course five more years of Dave will turn Britain into paradise, but what has he actually done for the past five years?
A wise man once said, “By their fruit you shall know them.” Before you vote (or decide against voting), please take the trouble to find out who these men and women really are behind the masks.
The only thing I know about what happens after May is that Britain is heading for a period of great struggle and turmoil. I expect it to last for a generation and I honestly don’t know what will become of us, but it doesn’t look good. Whoever wins the election, we will continue to be ruled by wicked fools for the foreseeable future. Hope lies only in a miracle and the sacrifices of good men.