Those who truly know me will be aware that I don't nail my colours to any one party or the other. I believe most politicians are at heart good people who want to change things for the better - that's why people become politicians.
But I do feel sometimes, for whatever reason, some politicians take the wrong path. Ted Hughes would have called it the road less travelled - but the problem with the road less travelled is there's nobody else there to tell you you're headed in the wrong direction.
Today we learn that Britain is out of recession and growth is higher than expected.
We have also learnt that 1,400 British jobs have been lost at Ford.
These are both issues that should surely be at the forefront of all our minds?
I'm not particularly defending the Prime Minister over alleged rule breaking by hinting at GDP figures a day before publication. Indeed it's perfectly in order for Labour or anyone else to hark back to the Emergency Budget of 2010 when castle in the air type growth figures were being lorded and elimination of the deficit was boasted.
Today's news is a far cry from that - but surely it's more important to discuss GDP - than trying to create over words the Prime Minister used which could have appeared to be hinting to today's news, breaking all the rules of advanced sight of the stats - but by the same toke, could easily have been totally unrelated.
That's politics baby!
My own judgement is that there is NO WAY on this earth that anyone will EVER prove that the PM hinted towards today's GDP fires - even though I think he probably was doing just that.
But it's besides the point. The man of the Clapham Omnibus (the average man or woman on the street) wouldn't give a yak's eye whether David Cameron hinted at today's result or not.
And it's ironic that the people creating (I'm not thinking specifically of any party, or politician here even) are the same people who would brand (with or without justification) the PM as out of touch. Double standards me thinks.
And frankly, notwithstanding the fact that it made a good story last week, surely which ticket the Chancellor had on a train to London - when he actually paid the upgrade, and there is no suggestion he tried to criminally evade paying should take a back seat to GDP today?
Who is this a dig at? No one really... it's the system we live in. Journalists (and I am one) are doing the job as expected by editors, viewers, listeners and readers - and as journalists, we have a duty to report what politicians and public figures are saying - but speaking to people who live in the real world - people on trains, on busses, in cafe's and shops just perceive tickets, Andre Mitchell and POSSIBLE and very technical rule breaches as out of touch.
Three words today - no actually, four:
Economy, economy, bloody economy!
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