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A Political Adviser is a Funnel – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

A political adviser is a kind of funnel and should be wide at one end and narrow at the other. The wide end is to take in information from every imaginable source, the narrow end to fit snugly in the prime minister’s ear. The wide end is permanently open to the media, the public service, the polls, other ministers and their staff, the caucus, the party secretariat and the rank and file, wives and friends, eccentrics, critics, lobbies, political geniuses and idiots alike. The narrow end discharges the decoction when it is all boiled down—one droplet at a time for preference, so he can quietly absorb it. It is a sure sign of the novice that he sprays his advice all over the place. Inside the funnel, of course, there must be a filter.

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