Friday, May 19, 2006

There's Anne Maries everywhere

From the Daily Telegraph, What can you expect from men on the make? (via The Ambler):

But then, of course, most of today's politicians lack the sense of honour and regard for public life that distinguished their predecessors. They go into politics not to serve, but to get a job. They need the salary because they are otherwise unemployable.
One could say that there must be a small few honourable politicians left out there, but given that the defense of all the others would be indistinguishable in content and only perhaps slightly in volume from the few, the safe bet for anyone living in contemporary democracies would be to assume the worst of the whole lot of them. Otherwise one might compound the long list of politically-created obstacles with the delusion that they are here to help.