Hilary Rose has an interesting column in Times 2 today - so I thought I would share her thoughts with you and the thoughts it then stirred up in me.
She says politicians, when asked about their likes and dislikes don't always tell the truth - she thinks they like to project a certain imagine. She gives an example of David Cameron who when asked which was his favourite football team gave one answer and then later forgot and said another. Then apparently Gordon Brown first refused to name his favourite biscuit and then later changed his mind, saying it was any biscuit which had a bit of chocolate in it.
Why should they you might ask, but she (and me too) would argue that they are public figures - they chose to be so, so should be prepared to answer when they are landed with answering a few questions.
The article is actually praising The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak (my local MP here in Richmondshire - and a very good local one at that whatever one's political views on his handling of the economy.)
Apparently he happily named Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey as favourites, said his favourite song is Blinding Lights by The Weekend, and loves watching Bridgerton. She criticises BJ for his crumpled fashion style, his jokes in Latin which few understand, writing biographies of Churchill and Shakespeare and praises Rishi for 'sticking to English' and saying his favourite books are fiction. I would argue with her that he is entitled to write whatever books he likes and full marks for having the ability - but lets keep it on the lines of her argument - let them all be truthful and speak the truth when asked.
I could go on - she says Rishi knows which football team he supports (Southampton) and definitely owns a hairbrush.
I wouldn't criticise anyone for loving the classic painters, preferring classical music, for loving Dickens and Shakespeare - but what puts me off is folk (especially our politicians) who rather than tell us they read chiclit (if they do) pretend they read something a bit more highbrow. If they can't tell the truth on things like this how can we believe them on the big issues they deal with every day?
So let's have a go amongst ourselves. Answer the following questions if you fancy joining in. I will give you my answers to add to them tomorrow.
1, Favourite book.
2. Favourite work of art.
3. Favourite song.
4. Favourite piece of classical music.
5. Favourite meal.
6. Favourite film or play (or both)
7. Favourite TV Programme
8. Favourite football team? (if you are a supporter)
9. Favourite biscuit.
10. Favourite pudding.
See you tomorrow.