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Competence over Jealousy

Is it really such a bad thing to be a “1%er” and be a political leader? David Cameron has led a remarkable turnaround of the British economy: from most wrecked by the financial crisis to having the fastest growing economy in the G7 and record employment. Contrast that with France’s economic performance of late, led by the “for the people” (that term used VERY loosely as most left wing parties are led by rich people too…I just don’t know about Hollande’s personal wealth or background) Socialist party, a country of double digit unemployment and the new sick man of Europe beating out nations such as Spain and Greece.

Furthermore, being “out of touch” doesn’t made one necessarily a bad person. Of Mr. Cameron the British people say in a recent poll:

“Despite appearing out of touch, 26 per cent of voters in the poll would most like to sit next to Mr Cameron on a long journey – compared to 20 per cent for Ed Miliband, 18 per cent for Nick Clegg and 15 per cent for Nigel Farage.

Mr Cameron was also much more likely to be the leader who gets up earliest in the day, to give the biggest tip at a restaurant and to leave the greatest lasting legacy.”

Competence over coolness any day. (See Barrack Obama for another example).

About Ted Yarbrough

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Ted is the co-founder and editor of the Daily Globe. He is a long-time blogger on British politics and has written a thesis on Thatcherism. He is based in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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