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A superior model

16 March 2010

Well here we are in the middle of a general election campaign and the flaws of the process are beginning to show. One person says something and another shouts “that’s not true”; then someone else makes a counter-allegation and someone else says “that is not true” and meanwhile we all go back to reading the magazine section of the newspaper and become far more polarised among ourselves on such burning questions as whether John Terry should have kept the England captaincy and whether Wayne Bridge should or should not play in the World Cup.

Listening and reading about the latest row about Gordon Brown: “Bully, yes or no?” makes me think fondly of our own dear trial practices compared to the playground squabbling that is the grown up general electioneering of our rulers. If Gordon had been a criminal lawyer then he would have known well the perils of putting his own good character in when he did the Piers Morgan interview on the softer side to Gordon, complete with c...

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