No politician will rebuild public trust in themselves by pretending to be something they are not.
The closeness to the city proves a risk to the park as it is completely exposed to the pollution of the capital as well as threats from a growing population in need of land for farming and infrastructure.
On Christmas Day, appropriately, I reached a fascinating chapter in Gordon Brown’s memoirs about whether politicians should wear their religious hearts on their sleeves or keep their faith to themselves.
The former Prime Minister, a son of the manse who grew up in Kirkcaldy, Fife, could step out of his front door and walk past nine churches within a few hundred yards of each other.
If the values that matter most to me are the values I speak about least, then I am, at least in part, in denial of who I really am.” The former PM suspects that he paid a price: being viewed as a technician who lacked solid convictions.
Instead of defining himself, he allowed his opponents to define him.
Tim Farron was haunted by the question of whether gay sex was a sin during this year’s election campaign.
Brown’s revealing book looks at cultural as well as political changes.Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946.Their opinions were probably shaped more by big events such as his 2007 “election that never was”, his feud with Tony Blair and the New Labour project running out of steam.Brown says that politicians must avoid “preaching” to the public, or claiming in effect that God is on their side.