by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2009
With apologies to those of you with real jobs that in some way involve, y’know, actual graft – nurses, retailers, premiership footballers – but for many of us with cushy office jobs, this Monday morning marks the return to our desks after over a fortnight’s holiday. And, boy, does it hurt.
Politicians, though, are a different breed it seems. Labour politicians especially appear hyperactive in their frantic eagerness to
interfere in everyone’s lives I mean, save the world erm, sorry, help us ungrateful citizens. Far from dreading the alarm clock’s fascist sirens, they’re up with the larks, with a spring in their step. Here are just a few random examples…
Tony Blair: “What gets me up in the morning, and still gets me up in the morning, are the improvements in the basic issues that affect people’s lives.” (Sept. 2004)
David Miliband: “Social justice is what gets me up in the morning.” (March 2007)
Gordon Brown: (April 2008)
“I get up in the morning saying this is the best job in the world.”
“I wake up in the morning thinking what we can do to help homeowners.”
“I wake up in the morning thinking what we can do to help… people who have got small businesses.”
“I wake up in the morning thinking what we can do to help… people looking for jobs.”
“I wake up in the morning thinking what we can do to help… people wanting opportunities so they can have better jobs for the future.”
Jacqui Smith: “What matters to me when I get up in the morning is thinking what am I going to do today to help the British people feel safer on the streets.” (Sept. 2008)
Their devotion to getting up in the morning for all our sakes does them proud. And prompts me, this Monday morning, to ask the question which headlines this post – what gets you up in the mornings? And why? Please tell me.