Opinion

Chris Bennett: Does optics need a Donald Trump?

Frustration with politicians and government, in the broadest sense, is rife

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump all have their supporters and detractors and one thing in common.

There is a growing body of thought that they have all emerged through political disenchantment and the desire from the public for leaders with beliefs, passion and personality, is optics heading for a similar situation?

Frustration with politicians and government, in the broadest sense, is rife. The dead hand of risk-averse greyness characterised by endless reports and committees talking a lot, but committing to little, has stifled politics around the world. Not standing for strong beliefs and being careful to not upset or alienate anyone avoids conflict but ultimately leads to the alienation of everyone. That leads to the kind of political plate tectonics which correct years of inaction with rapid and radical change.

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