Political Promise

What Can Politics Learn From Eddie Guerrero?

In Conor Campbell on November 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

On the 13th on November the world of ‘Sports Entertainment’ and its fans remembered the life of Eddie Guerrero, who passed away five years previously. Conor Campbell looks at how he inspires the next generation in the public eye.

Eddie Guerrero was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time due to a combination of his athletic ability and his fiery passion. Although his rise to the very top took much longer than many of the more household names such as Hulk Hogan and The Rock (they were wrestlers before they became reality TV stars and actors), his story is worth remembering and his career can teach a lesson or two.

Eddie came from a large wrestling family and it seemed inevitable that he would one day end up in the squared circle, however due to his size; it seemed as if he would never reach the ultimate heights of World Champion. In the wrestling world it is more often about appearance then ability. A 7 foot giant with no athletic ability has more chance of being champion over a 5 foot wrestler with athletic ability pouring out their sweat glands. Regardless due to his on-screen charisma and in ring ability Eddie developed a huge following worldwide and became one of the most respected workers in the business.

Despite his success Eddie became addicted to alcohol and pain medicine after a car accident in 1999 and in 2001 he was fired from World Wrestling Entertainment when he was arrested for drunk driving. Slowly over the years Eddie recovered from his addiction and worked his way back into the WWE. In returning Eddie found a newly gained level of popularity partly because the fans respected his turn around, but more so his honesty. He openly admitted he was an addict, invented a catch phrase of ‘I lie, I cheat, I steal’ and became a man willing to do anything to succeed.  Eddie was fully aware fans would not take to a man who covered up his failings or denied they ever existed. In February 2004 Eddie finally won the WWE championship, beating Brock Lesnar.

Why I feel Eddie’s story is important is rather simple, his openness is something severely lacking in politics. On every news broad cast, interview or panel we hear questions being asked and ambivalent answers which get us nowhere.

Instead of doing nothing but attacking the Coalitions plans on University fees, why doesn’t Labour admit that they do not have a policy? Stop turning every question back on to the lies the Lib Dems told! The general public is well aware of the division within the party when it comes to the student fees, and until a policy is decided upon it makes it too easy for the coalition to deflect attention from their own failings.

 Why doesn’t Mr Cameron admit that there was no victory over the EU budget? If I had announced that I did not want the budget raised at all, only to have it go up by nearly 3%, I would not see that as a success.

The Conservative party has long since been in favour of rolling back the size of the state, and now they have the chance to do so.  However instead of saying that they are doing it for ideological reasons, reasons that they feel will be better for society; they constantly harp on about the need to reduce the debt. Are you now saying that had there been no debt that there would have been no cuts?

Why have the Liberal Democrats not admitted that the reason the Anti-fees pledges were signed was only due to their lack of self belief. They never expected to be in a position of power and it was seen as an easy way to gain votes in University areas.

I am not expecting politicians to all of a sudden turn whiter than white and list off all their failures, at least not until they have to write an autobiography. However a human with failings is normal and one that is open enough and brave enough to admit those failings will be far more respected for it. The general public are not simpletons who need to be treated with kid gloves; we can see when you are lying!

The public’s opinion of politicians is still shockingly low, and when we see one word answers being spun into speeches about those on the other side of the house,  we are reminded of our reasons for our distrust.

It would seem that the ‘Era of Spin’ is in fact far from dead.

‘I lie, I cheat, I steal. At least I’m honest about it!’ –    Eddie Guerreo

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