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Can anyone think of a nice, likable politician from any political persuasion, or from any country?
NOT talking about their political views, but about their likable personalities.
Do you like Trump, Johnson, Yeltsin or Corbyn etc.
I can't think of any major politico's that I'd invite home for a non political chat & a cuppa.
Which makes me think not much of politicians or why we should vote for any of them based on their personalities. (Thumb)
 

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Maybe;
Michael Portillo might be good for a chat about history, trains and travel.

David Mellor seems quite a reasonable chap when I hear him on Classic FM.

Ann Widdecombe comes across as the sort of person who would happily and knowledgeably chat about almost anything.

But, what they have in common is is that all have now left politics, so I suppose that says something.
 

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Lech Wałęsa. "Solidarity" founder a working man who made good.
 

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Maybe;
Michael Portillo might be good for a chat about history, trains and travel.

David Mellor seems quite a reasonable chap when I hear him on Classic FM.

Ann Widdecombe comes across as the sort of person who would happily and knowledgeably chat about almost anything.

But, what they have in common is is that all have now left politics, so I suppose that says something.
Ann Widdecombe is the only one of those I've met and she seemed agreeable - if kept supplied with her favourite Cognac (Thumb)
 

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Jeremy Corbyn...

He'd bring his own rhubarb wine and we could chat about gardening, wine making and preserves...
And, a big plus, is that unlike most of the UK's politicians, he doesn't do personal attacks on other MPs of any party.
 

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I don't really know if he was 'nice' but I liked Tony Benn. Of the many interviews of him I saw, he seemed a good 'regular guy' as they say in the USA.

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I don't really know if he was 'nice' but I liked Tony Benn. Of the many interviews of him I saw, he seemed a good 'regular guy' as they say in the USA.

JJ.
Despite his sometimes abrasive public persona, I always thought he was a decent guy! I suppose we should never judge a book by it's cover unless it is Johnson or Corbyn.............They are exactly what they seem................blithering idiots!
 

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I also thought Benn an honest man (if dangerous) but where does honesty and politics 'meld'? I have an acquaintance that 'trained' with him up to town every day. Upon approaching the terminus he would get up from his 1st class seat and move down the train to be seen getting off from 3rd as it was.
 

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Likable is not the same as trustworthy, or for that matter intelligent, is it? I thought likable was something akin to charming. And so does a website called Thesaurus.com, who has the folowing list of synonyms: amiable, appealing, attractive, charismatic, charming, engaging, enjoyable, genial, good-natured, sweet, sympathetic, winsome, agreeable, friendly, pleasing and sweet-natured. Putting any of those appellations ahead of a couple of names presented above sounds to me like a joke.

I could compare Norwegian Socialist prime minister Einar Gerhardsen, who had a bit of charm, a pleasant youthful voice, and an innocent even naive look and ditto manners, to assassinated Swedish Socialist prime minister Olof Palme, who looked like the devil and sounded like a hoarse crow.

The Swede loved to hear his own voice and to demonstrate his great command of languages. In a press conference he would answer each reporter in his native language. But above all he loved to torture Thorbjorn Falldin, to make the leader of the Center party, a farmer not by far as fast as Palme, sound like a fool. Falldin was an easy target, and Palme was grinning from ear to ear when he made him stumble. Falldin dared to say it just after Palme was murdered - "the man was no saint!"

He was not, nor was he affable, charismatic or good natured. He was a brilliant rhetorician, a magnificent satirist when it came to describing the conservatives, a brave man when he protested against the Vietnam War, and overall a politician to be missed. But likable, no – not to my mind. Gerhardsen probably hated the conservatives as much as Palme, and was a lot smarter than he was willing to show, but he knew his forte lay in being likable. Palme won his extra votes by scaring the less than self dependent from separating rhetoric and facts, and by installing warrior's pride in his followers.

Now, can you tell who is who?
 

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