There’s an alternative world I know where there’s a decent hard working politician. He lives in a place where there are 100 houses. Somehow, he’s become embroiled in a heated campaign against Hitler. Obviously, Hitler is being quite underhand, shouting and screaming and generally being a bit unreasonable about who he wants alive and who he wants dead. Most people think Hitler is a bit of an arse, actually, so much so that they feel it’s quite ridiculous to even make the point that he’s being an arse. Some feel a bit intimidated at his manner and pretend to agree with him just to get rid of him.
Nonetheless, our hardworking politician knocks on all the doors and makes his case. He’s all for community and doing good things. He finds all that violence and divide and rule a bit distasteful. Everyone he speaks to says that his ideas are okay, on the whole and, on balance, much more preferable to Hitlers. Some people ask him questions, and one or two say they prefer Hitler, but most people give the strong impression that he’s doing fine.
He doesn’t get an answer from all of the doors in the place, but he does see most people. Just before election time, he realises that 56 people of the 100 have given him their support. They’ve done that by signing their name. He also notices that 9 out of 10 of those he actually spoke to have given him their support. He feels that his hard work has paid off.
The winner of the campaign will be decided by a committee he’s never met. The committee aren’t going to tell anybody who has objected and who has supported, but they do see the strong evidence in favour of our man, and they’re given evidence that Hitler has been intimidating and threatening, and has pinned vulgar and abusive posters in the place. They can see that our man has strong support from the signatures he has collected.
However, the committee decide that Hitler should win. It seems shouting loudly, being threatening and obnoxious and intimidating people is a more favourable approach than actually having people behind you who understand your aims and objectives. The committee writes a short and dismissive letter that doesn’t explain their decision or acknowledge the case made. The decent politician wonders why on earth he bothered.
Luckily, in the real world, this never happens.