Enjoyed listening to Tony Benn on Radio 4 yesterday, talking about the book published (today) of great political speeches from Hansard.
He described Members of Parliament as being “signposts or weathercocks”.
The signposts take a view, based on their convictions and hold that view unerringly throughout their political lives, unless persuaded otherwise by events or logic.
The weathercocks carefully listen to popular opinion – and then follow it – no matter how many times it changes.
I have absolutely no time for weathercocks.
I have met a lot of dental weathercocks over the years – and a few signposts.
Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.