This article was originally published in October 2019.
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Most property businesses are paid on results, transactions, assets under management. Unlike other fellow club members – the lawyers, surveyors and accountants – our property man was paid nothing for long hours, miles and meetings. In his business, it is no deal, no cash. As he hit the ball down the middle once again I couldn’t help thinking: if he approached me with a commercial proposal would I avoid him as someone rackety living in fantasy land, or would I back the inner confidence that believes, with just one deal, all will be well?
Watching PM’s questions is a reminder that different democratic political systems require different skills. If you want to be elected President somewhere you need to give a good speech to crowds, have a clear brand, be able to distil complicated notions into simple cliches and a touch of razzmatazz. To become Prime Minister in a parliamentary democracy you better be academically clever. You will need to give precise, substantive answers in front of a baying party political crowd. And the real pressure: if you misrepresent the slightest thing in the chamber you are finished. Of post-War British Prime Ministers all, bar