What Is A Good Politician?


In an era in which MPs are under scrutiny as never before and their credibility and integrity have plumbed new depths, just what is a good politician? Are our expectations too high or are their standards too low? What are the signs that someone is in politics for the common good, and what are the signs that they may be on the make?

Peter Oborne is a journailst and political commentator. A Daily Mail columnist and author of The Rise of Political Lying, he is particularly known for acerbic commentary on the hypocrisy and apparent mendacity of contemporary politicians. He is the author of biographies of Alastair Campbell and, in a different vein and contrast, of the cricketer Basil D’Oliveira (for which he won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year).

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