personality and premiership

3 05 2010

The final week. Whoever you chose at the beginning of the race, soon you will know if you were right. The nation waits, with baited breath.

The 4-horse race that became a 3-horse that became a 2-horse race. Liverpool’s campaign disastrous; Arsenal’s another ‘almost’; United and Chelsea another display of the power of the substitutes bench. The question is, was it a battle between Ancelotti, Ferguson, Wenger and Benitez, or was it something bigger than that?

The 2-horse race that became a 3-horse race. Labour’s campaign disastrous, Conservatives’ another ‘almost’, Lib Dem’s a display of the power of disenfranchised voters..? The question is, is it a battle between Brown, Cameron and Clegg, or is it something bigger than that?

The power of personality can sometimes dominate. The football season is often characterised as individual battles between the managers competing for the Premier League, rather than whole teams. These personalities can have huge influence, but if they are not backed up by results, the personalities must be irrelevant. Flamboyant managers are interesting, but not popular with everyone. Just ask Mourinho. At the end of the day, good results under an unpopular manager are better than bad results under a popular one. Rafa is a case in point (I speak as a Liverpool fan…).

The power of personality can sometimes dominate. The General Election is often characterised as individual battles between the party leaders campaigning for the Premiership. These personalities can have huge influence, but if they are not backed up by policies, the personalities must be irrelevant. Flamboyant politicians are interesting, but not popular with everyone. Just ask Blair. At the end of the day, good policies under an unpopular Prime Minister are better than bad policies under a popular one. Which of them is a case in point I am not at liberty to say…

Jesus chose an unexceptional group of personalities to be the leaders of his movement. They were not all eloquent or intelligent; some had dodgy skeletons in their closet. How they would get on in a leaders debate or a post-match interview who can say. What they did have was genuine passion and commitment to their cause; they were prepared to be mocked and beaten for Jesus’ message of revolution and resurrection, liberation and redemption, of good news for the poor and freedom for the oppressed. They were not out to win votes, a popularity contest or an annual competition. And they were in for the long haul.

The Premier League will not be won on the personality of the manager, but the quality of the squad over the 38 games. The Premiership should not be won on the personality of the party leaders, but the quality of the policies over the parliamentary term. As we prepare to vote, we would do well to bear that in mind.

And may next year be Liverpool’s year. Maybe with the flamboyant Mourinho at the helm…?

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3 responses

4 05 2010
c2drl

I think it was Wellington who said “God, give me lucky generals”. Sometimes luck and flamboyance go together, sometimes flamboyance inspires others to work as a team and get vistory against all the odds. Sometimes it doesn’t. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

It seems to me that people are able to spin passion just as they spin honesty and loyalty, and very often my cynical side is right when is says they were just acting when they knew the microphone was on, what were they like when they thought it was off?

Policies too, can be set out but not stuck to – remember the none about abolishing mixed sex wards?

So what about personality? One of Jesus skills was picking personalities who worked together, sometimes agravating or annoying each other as they sought for the right way forward. A good leader listens and gathers around him people with different personalities from his and admits he is not always right. Can personality be spun too? Yes it can but it is harder to do. Is personality alone enough? No – we need to understand the whole person and we can’t because we only have access to what we are given.

So is the election any more scientific and worthwhile than the premiership? I want to say yes, it is the will of the people. I really want to believe that, but do I actually believe it? No, it is an amalgam of entrenched bigotry from left and right, from people who vote for a person for the “wrong” reasons and those who do seriously consider the options making decisions not having been given the facts.

The good news is the election is over more quickly than the snooker. The bad news is we are stuck with the result for 5 years. Now then Alex Ferguson for prime minister – do I have a seconder? A man of strong personality, clear in his ideas and uncompromising with those who don’t toe the line. Who could be better – he must have won the premiership and the Euopean cup surely.

5 05 2010
Edge

You see Jesus, you get Judas
You see Ceasar, you get Brutus
You see Benitez, you get… Torres?
You see Gordon, you get… who will surprise us?

Still time for one great act of treachery to emerge, I predict.

If Sir Alex was standing for prime minister, he would ensure that the polling stations would stay open for as long after the scheduled finish as possible to give him more time to get the winning votes. It could be a late night!

5 05 2010
c2drl

And if Sir Alex lost no doubt he would propose a rousing vote of thanks for the Returning Officer who missed two clear penalties and was too much in favour of the other lot.

He would however also be hard on his mown team. throwing things at them. So often with brilliance and flamboyance goes personality flaws. Remind you of anybody?

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