Tuesday 29 May 2012
U-turns are healthy
However, if the opposition party were spinning against me as they are against the Government today it would look something like this:
"A truly terrible decision, that has left one voter unhappy and without sustenance, whilst at the same time denying a critical retail sale, without which the Ice Cream van owner may very well soon to be out of business. As usual, a typically selfish and unreasonable decision and why-oh-why cannot a decision just be made and followed through for once - changing ones' mind all the time is a sign of abject weakness"
In another example which is current and slightly more important than the minutiae of hot fast food, the German government is not of U-turning on any part of its European fiscal and monetary policy. As things stand this is going to cause a major global economic catastrophe. That does not seem very good, but a U-turn won't look good for Merkel so she is not going to do it - an exhibition of Thatcher like qualities perhaps?
My point is that bad decisions need to be turned around and most often the best thing to do it act on it and no see it through in a pig-headed I am always right manner.
Much hay is made about u-turns, but I personally have always worked well with people who's minds are open to convincing rather than those who are stubborn. Stubborn is sometimes right when the person's idea is right, like, say Churchill. This though is rare in my experience, but this kind of thinking is happily picked up in the media as showing strength, with weakness attributed to any U-turn. Which is a shame, but there we are.
Anyway, its's a nice hot day today, so aI am off to buy an ice cream...