Political leadership August 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm
rested on not so much on them taking the moral high ground – the best that can be said for LBJ’s “moral compass” is that it wasn’t quite as defective as Nixon’s – but on [his] ability to twist arms, and appeal to low motives.
This, Dillow suggests, provides an illuminating contrast with David Cameron:
there’s a tragic aspect to Cameron. He has thought of politics as (by his own lights) a noble venture – as when he pushed through gay marriage and in his desire to stop crimes against humanity. But politics isn’t just that. Sometimes, to win a moral crusade you need immoral means. Leadership isn’t about being like Martin Luther King, but being like Lyndon Johnson.
It isn’t a warming thought, but perhaps he is right.
Update. Tory rebel Sarah Wollaston had a cutting response to Cameron’s attempts at aggression:
It’s not about us being a nation of appeasers or apologists. Britain isn’t just turning its back, we are delivering enormous amounts of humanitarian aid but we just do not feel that humanitarian aid in this instance should come in the form of cruise missiles.
*This is good on LBJ.