I’ve worked with politicians and public servants in the past, so it’s no surprise that politics is a dirty business. But I’m continually staggered by quite how low politicians can stoop. And it’s not just the politicians themselves.
Allow me to introduce James Comey. Not previously a household name in Britain, he’s Director of the FBI. Surely beyond the backbiting day-to-day nastiness of politics. No, far from it. Comey has taken the extraordinary step of actively intervening in the US Presidential election to try to scupper Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This breaks a longstanding convention that supposedly neutral public servants don’t make provocative interventions close to the election. Comey’s intervention was 11 days away from polling day. He wrote to Congress announcing an investigation into emails which might or might not be related to the investigation they conducted into her own emails, while she was in office some years ago. An investigation which deemed she was careless, but guilty of nothing wrong. And let’s put this in context – if she were guilty of the worst accusations, it would be a trivial procedural matter by any sane standards.
But in politics where there’s dirt…..