Friday, 11 December 2009

A Brutal Process

I’ve been praising the new Conservative Party open primary elections.
However there’s one group of people for whom the process is not so wonderful.
For the participating candidates it is the most brutal process, which touches even the winner.
You are expected to give the speech of your life in front of a large audience and be subjected to sometimes very personal questions. You are under huge pressure, in what is a potentially life-changing event.
And the five losers drive away utterly dejected, yet they still try again for the next seat.
There are now two breeds of politician, those selected under the old system of having to wow a few dozen activists in a smoke-filled room, and those who have survived the gladiatorial process of a Conservative Party open primary.

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