What has happened to all the charismatic politicians?

(11 Posts)
Bearbehind Sat 09-Jul-16 22:48:50

Regardless of your opinion on their actual politics, there's no denying the MP's of years gone by had something about them.

Looking at today's offerings I just feel appalled. They are are dullards with no redeeming qualities as far as I can see. They can't even russle up enough conviction from anyone to even hate them.

Could we really end up with Loathsome running the country and AE faffing around in opposition?

Patterkiller Sat 09-Jul-16 22:52:50

After university they most probably see GBT or BB or BBO or LI as a more lucrative and easier route to public adoration and power.

DonkeyOaty Sat 09-Jul-16 22:53:03

They're all dead

#glum

Maursh Sat 09-Jul-16 23:41:12

Tom Tugendhat was very impressive on question time.
George Galloway is also undeniably charismatic even though loathe the man.
Give them time, they will rise to the surface

BakewellSliceAgain Sat 09-Jul-16 23:48:59

Beware charisma is a quote (from somewhere but I no longer recall where!) but since adulthood I have totally agreed with it!

BakewellSliceAgain Sat 09-Jul-16 23:50:59

My question is where are the ideas?

Itinerary Sat 09-Jul-16 23:59:28

Charisma is overrated. Integrity, strength, humility, intelligence, adaptability and various other qualities are more important. It's politics, not showbiz.

Kummerspeck Sun 10-Jul-16 00:10:38

I think it is principles that are missing too. In the olden days politicians had a career first then went into politics second using their knowledge and skills, they stood for certain principles and tried to convince (or hoodwink) the public into agreeing with them. Now they go into politics first then use that as a springboard to a lucrative career, they have no principles but just try to listen for what they think people want to issue the right soundbite or jump on the right bandwagon. In effect popularity has become more important than principles

derxa Mon 11-Jul-16 16:17:44

You mean like Harold Wilson, Ted Heath and John Major?

Floisme Mon 11-Jul-16 16:23:54

I have had quite enough of charisma, thank you. I would happily settle for competence.

Peregrina Mon 11-Jul-16 16:29:51

Clem Attlee didn't have charisma; Blair did. Which one will go down in history with the better reputation? Discuss.

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