The Corner

Rogues

Tim, “poor, conflicted Andrew” – my goodness! I chose the word ‘rogue’ deliberately, because it is not one that automatically implies dishonesty. Churchill, for example, was a rogue. He was also a borderline (and that’s being generous) drunk, spendthrift, heavy gambler and somewhat manic stock market speculator. Somehow I suspect that you would have rather voted for him than, say, Jimmy Carter. Remember, politics is, amongst other things, about ambition, drive (and that can often be a drive to do good) and, yes, ego, qualities not always associated with the most rigorous attachment to monogamy. Do we really want to rule out such people from electoral office?