An adequate politician needs courage to have enough confidence to address a difficult situation and seek a solution. An adequate political journalist needs courage to have enough confidence to provide full investigation and analysis of politicians’ acts and words.
Intellectual courage is necessary; a politician or political journalist needs to trust their capacity to inspect, analyse, deduce and conclude while not deviating erroneously.
Professional courage is necessary; a politician or political journalist needs to subdue or overcome tendencies to worry about their professional status or its longevity.
Possession of such courage is not optional. It separates those who are able from those who merely aspire. It also separates those who are able and suitable from those who are charlatans and liars.
Today (Autumn 2019), British government and British political journalism are bereft of courage. There is not the slightest echo of courage of thought or deed anywhere in Downing…
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