We have to exercise some discernment on all the claims and counter claims that the parties have communicated on the doorsteps, the Press ,TV and Radio and social media.
We love to have a good old moan at and criticise our political representatives . The opinion polls say the result is too close to call and that another coalition is on the horizon.
There have been some exaggerations stated from pressurised politicians during the electioneering period but before we finger point the political candidates perhaps we should look at ourselves today as well.
|Interval Curtain at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's|
production of Donnizette's L’elisir d’amore
The Elixir of Life where the travelling medicine salesman is one,
Dr Dulcamara played by the Bryn Terfel
Have you ever underplayed a product’s weakness?
Was that trip adviser critique you wrote in anger just a little overstated?
Was the track record of the new product you are selling a little embroidered?
Was your sales forecast just a bit overstated or understated?
Were the reasons you gave for losing the sales just a little more blown up ( cheaper competition, delivery etc) than was really justified ?
“Williams’ insistence on playing for laughs—and his talent at garnering them—points to the compulsive desire to please often seen in the behaviours of salesmen, teachers, confidence men and political candidates.
As long as the comedian has the crowd chuckling, he can sell them something, teach them something, pick their pocket or otherwise bamboozle them.
The comic arts should not be banned from journalism—God forbid that should happen!
But journalists who work overtime on entertaining you or making you laugh deserve your suspicion. In journalism, the story is supposed to be king. That doesn’t mean the cleverness or emotive writing has no place, only that the narrow bandwidth comedy offers can carry only so much journalistic information”
Come what may, salespeople up and down the country will play their part in the success of the country following this election,whether acknowledged by politicians , electorate or not.
But maybe we should keep the embellishments under control a bit more.