>Personality politics: Beyond our Ken?
This probably reflects the fact the questions were heavily loaded towards transport and ecological issues, rather than the economy more generally and didn’t ask about the mayor’s predilection for Hugo Chavez. Still, it looks like, in my own terms, I was right to text my friend back that view the Conservatives’ big personality candidate Boris Johnson je úplný šašek and that I preferred the existing mayor. I wonder if this is what Václav Havel had in mind when he argued that parties and ideologies should give way to forms of democratic politics based on personalities and personal qualities … The Czechs, it should be said, studiedly avoid electing anyone to executive office , from President to local mayor, by direct election – the nearest thing to personality based politics in the Czech Republic being the ultra-low turnout elections to the Czech Senate. These tend to throw up a mix of worthy independent doctors-turned-politicians and dodgy small town populists