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Letters: People become MPs because they are ‘attention seekers’

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Below is a letter published in the Derbyshire Telegraph on Wednesday, September 21:

IN my dotage I’ve come to admire honesty, so let’s be honest – people become MPs because they are attention seekers.

I suppose they have to be otherwise we the public wouldn’t find them interesting enough to vote for them.

As a sideshow, they try to give the impression that they are changing things, getting things done, but really they use their attention seeking side to get important people to listen to them, even if it gets no further.

If Boris didn’t get to become King of the World, at least he became King of the Attention Seekers, but he began to believe his own attention seeking messages and that he was actually getting things done himself, like rolling out the Covid vaccine or that he had arranged a decent trade deal with the EU, which was no more than a much poorer version of the deal we had as members.

This is why I will miss the Queen because she didn’t have to seek attention, it just came to her in people loads so she didn’t have to drive a digger through a pretend wall or claim she knew Peppa Pig personally, although I suppose she and Paddington Bear knew their sandwiches.

Will the Queen’s passing make MPs more reflective and more managers than comedians?

I hope so, but I fear not.

Roger Watts, by email

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