If you lived a particularly empty life and spent a moment to think of what a stereotypical politician might look like, you’d probably create an impression of a dreary middle-aged man who wears a suit, reads The Economist, listens to Radio 4, and calls policemen plebs. These are the sort of people who have given British politics a bad name, why anything said by a minister is poured over with cynicism, and why voting in elections is less popular than chimney sweeping.
So what’s to be done? Well a good start to ensuring more passionate politicians are brought into the system would be to open it up to everyone, hauling it out of 1864 by political parties recognising the significance of equal opportunities for people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds. This would cause the public to believe that voting in elections is actually worthwhile because they would stand a better chance of being listened to by the people they elect.
You may be thinking; “yes, but the ethics of British politics are more old-fashioned than Jeremy Clarkson and convincing the powers that be that change is needed would be harder than having an argument with a drunken Liverpudlian.” But hold on – because maybe change isn’t as distant as it may seem.
Unless you live in North Korea, the names Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage will be familiar to you – despite not being the new Oasis, they’re quite a big hit with a lot of people. Perhaps the continued publicity (and possible success) of these two politicians could lead to the extinction of the stereotypical bureaucrat.
Boris’s bizarre persona teamed with an apparent great patriotism is probably the most alluring factor about the man. His use of Latin and extraordinary nonsensical phrases (apart from making him a fearful opponent on Countdown) also show a high level of intelligence – unarguably something any masterful politician needs. The combination of these characteristics allow for a seemingly no-nonsense approach to his job, helping him to be rated relatively highly in opinion polls – unusual for someone whose chosen hairstyle is a burning haystack.
Farage is pretty similar, too: a person who more and more people admire because of his unorthodox approach to politics. The ‘man of the people’ image he presents with a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other has led to him to become the poster boy of his party; and let’s face it, more people believe in him than they do in UKIP.
Ultimately, the attraction to these two particular politicians is the controversies they quite frequently cause. It’s equally why some people love Katie Hopkins: to them she is the voice of reason. But whether you love them or loathe them it must be accepted that Bojo and Nige make British politics just that little bit more interesting (although, admittedly, exciting would be a step too far.) With voter engagement and turnout at elections more dismal than an English summer’s day, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to introduce more freethinking politicians to add a bit of zest to an increasingly bland political atmosphere.