Thursday, November 21, 2013
The John Prescott Test
Some years ago I watched a documentary in which John Prescott made an off-hand comment that struck me as entirely reasonable, especially from a politician. I've tried to apply it ever since.
His point was simply that he had no time for people who moaned about problems but didn't offer solutions.
That might sound obvious, but I regularly read blogs, articles, even books which rail at the status quo, then offer nothing in return.
And when you think about it, that's too easy. Challenge and complaint are fine, but in a world of difficult choices, it's incumbent on us to propose alternatives, and understand the implications of these too.
I've made it a rule on the Bike Shed that whenever I complain - even in my visceral rants at wind farms - I'll try to offer solutions.
And if my reasoning doesn't convince, I suppose I can always apply the other Prescott formula...
... punch 'em in the face!