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Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Godfather on 4 October 2007 9:14pm
 
On BBC's Have your Say page,the topic was -"Who would be your dream 'boss of Britain'?".

Sara from Devon, wrote :

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"How about Michael Palin? He stands out as a traditional Brit with the understanding of other cultures but the dignity to call himself British to the core. However, if we are going to go trans-Atlantic - what about Lt Columbo? The scruffy little man in the shabby raincoat always got to the bottom of a problem with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of analysis. Can you think of ANY MP in the British parliament who matches that criterion??"

sara twain, Efford, Devon, United Kingdom
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Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Palin_Lover on 4 October 2007 9:18pm
 
LOL! Awesome!
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Spursfan on 4 October 2007 11:13pm
 
Sara Twain - are you on this site?!!
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Godfather on 5 October 2007 2:40am
 
No No. Sara Twain is Michael's internet Pseudonym :)
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by KShabby523 on 5 October 2007 3:27am
 
Aha! Finally, after all these years, we learn the name of Michael's girly "Lumberjack" persona.
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by tucsonmike on 5 October 2007 6:21am
 
How many elected officials really represent their places?
This just came up in Tucson last week. An economist named Richard Florida talks about cities and regions having twenty and thirty somethings known as the "Creative Class." Tucson doesn't have enough of them and we pay our elected city officials so poorly, they are not really representative. In other words, market value.

Mr. Palin would be fantastic as Prime Minister, but I suspect it would put a crimp in his style.

In Lee Iaccoca's book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone, he wrote about American people pushing him to run for President in 1988. The late great Speaker of the House, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill was a friend of his. Mr. Iaccoca went to visit Tip on Cape Cod. He told Tip he was thinking of running for President.
Tip nearly fell out of his chair laughing (he was a big man who turned red easily). When he stopped laughing, he cried, "President of what?!"

He reminded Mr. Iaccoca that he was accustomed to running corporations. At the end of the day, you earn a profit, or you do not. Government does not work like that, politics being the art of the possible. Tip told him, if you do not die of a heart attack from the stress in year one, you will be assassinated in year two, because you will be pushing the envelope too much.

I picture Mr. P more in the role of Jimmy Carter. The peacemaker and negotiator. There is now the group known as the elders who try and advise world leaders.
Jimmy Carter
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Kofi Annan
Nelson Mandela
The Dalai Lama

With Mr. Palin's travels and working with other cultures, I see him more in that role.

 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by kazzzz on 5 October 2007 1:14pm
 
Someone should message Sarah and get her over here pronto!
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by geordiegirl on 5 October 2007 3:11pm
 
I'd certainly like to see him as a (probably non-executive) President, speaking as one who wants to abolish the monarchical system (it's not fair on THEM either). No more rants - but I think he'd be a great figure-head. But I bet it's the last thing he'd want to do!
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Palin_Lover on 6 October 2007 2:47am
 
Who is this Sarah?
 
Re: Michael Palin : Boss of Britain by Markysek on 9 October 2007 5:49pm
 
Why Sarah doesn't write personally? :-)
Who's the mysterious Sarah?
 



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