Friday, 22 January 2010
Walking the Walk
FT last week, Stewart revealed that, “for the past month I have been walking through the constituency in order to better know its people and places.” Despite the weather (see previous posts) he kept on walking. Of course, his diary was a plug, timed to coincide with an upcoming tv programme, ‘The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia’ broadcast on BBC2. It made me watch, and I was glad that I did – it turned out to be the first part (second part this weekend) of a fascinating look at Lawrence, with more information on Stewart’s walking - which has included a 6,000 mile trek from Turkey to Baghdad, and a walk across Afghanistan. Stewart was clearly the right man for the Lawrence documentary, given that, in order to understand the locals, Lawrence had also been a walker, one epic being Constantinople to Krak des Chevaliers, the Crusader fortress in Syria. Politicians are prone to slipping into corporate-speak: some claim to talk the talk; others say that they walk the talk. But sadly, I don’t see that many who are willing to physically walk the walk.