Beware the reality TV politicians, they aren’t all they seem | Scotland


 The Times

In a culture that struggles to overcome fake news and alternative facts, it is telling that an increasing number of high-end British political résumés includes a stint on reality TV. Ours is the age where appearances in the Bake Off tent, the I’m a Celebrity jungle and the Strictly ballroom play an important role in managing a prominent political career.

The now normal practice of British politicians taking part in reality TV — Conservative MSP and Celebrity Great British Bake Off contestant Ruth Davidson being the most recent example — might be seen as an attempt to appeal to voters who see politicians as inaccessible by virtue of gilded upbringings, distant and arcane political institutions or, in the case of Theresa May, a much-pilloried robotic public persona.…

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