Political Promise

The importance of moderation in politics

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

By Andrei Skorobogatov

When you ask a random politician the reason why they came into politics, the generic answer is “to change the world”. Most politicians get elected on a platform of change. Obama, Blair, it is the reformers that are remembered. We may fight to create massive radical difference to the way people are, but quite often that is exactly what we seek to avoid.

In the UK, at the last election, there was not that much difference between the main parties to the uneducated eye, and the politicians were essentially interchangeable. This either illustrates the greater consensus of the country on most issues or the lack of interest and political participation on behalf of the majority. Therefore, in order to shine, in order to achieve power, a politician must pursue a radical ideological agenda, be it right- or left-wing. Only this will separate the politician from the grey crowd, get him noticed and talked about and potentially elected. We live in a world of celebrities, not celebrated statesmen, and so to achieve success one regrettably has to become the former.

In our safe, grey, boring world it is exactly unhinged and unreserved ideology that we have to fear. Philosophy is beautiful, it is truly the greatest science in the whole spectrum of human thought, but Burke was right: nothing can encompass the full complexity of the human spirit. Therefore any belief, any tradition any manifesto is inherently faulty. Politicians ought to govern, not politick. Governance and statesmanship is about being able to solve the problems of the state to the general benefit of the country rather than pushing a specific agenda. A politician who seeks to be truly great ought to take Conservative policies when they are best applicable or Liberal or Labour policies when they point towards the best outcome for the welfare of the people. We cannot be constricted by party lines, seeking to further our own advantage at the expense of the people. Party warfare will lead to revolution which no-one desires.

Today I start this blog, uninhibited by party affiliation, humbly viewing the greatest stage of them all: the stage of political action where the lives of millions are altered on a routine basis and power surges like electricity.

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  1. I appreciate what you’re saying but I do think it’s a lot more complicated than politicians just needing to be more pragmatic in how they govern. For your vision of governance to work there needs to be an airtight, scientific and definitive description and criteria for what amounts to being in the best interest of the people.

    Throughout history political ideology has been interwoven with idea’s of what is in the best interests of the people.
    Liberals believe their ideas on governance, such as an unintrusive state, a strong welfare system and the maximisation of liberty for individuals is best for the welfare of the people. Conservative on the other hand see a smaller welfare system, emphasis on ‘traditional values’ and a culture of civic responsibility amongst citizens as best for a healthy society in which people can flourish.

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