10 April 2015

In light of yesterday’s kerfuffle over the so-called “smear campaign” against Ed Miliband, allegedly started by a fellow politician, I can’t help but wonder what kind of signal this sends out to the rest of the world.

Whilst I’ve spoken about my personal lack of confidence in the Labour leader, I can’t say I condone mudslinging and public insults. Surely there must be better ways to go about promoting your party than this.

A friendly conflict over the chess board - always respect your opponent

A friendly conflict over the chess board – always respect your opponent

If you haven’t read the comments – made by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon – they include him calling Ed Miliband a backstabber and referenced his brother. Now, I’m all for healthy debate and challenge, both in business and in politics, but getting personal in any discussion is usually inadvisable.

Of course, in the run up to the election, all parties are competing to win. However, as I’ve said before, it is so important to respect your opponent in any battle. Is this the right kind of behaviour for someone in a position of leadership?

Where do you stand on the matter? Do you think all is fair in love and war or should political mudslinging be Mili-banned?

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