Even flawed and failed politicians ride into a golden sunset

So Boris left to spend more time with his families; He will be a busy man in every sense. But he won’t lack a Bob: with the few pensions, the speaking circle and the memoirs – and the child support – he should make ends meet.

While they say that all political careers end in failure, at the end of all these car wrecking careers, the bank balance never seems to suffer. Indeed, the myriad lucrative opportunities that open up at the end of the most illustrious or chaotic political careers must help ease the trauma of battered political egos.

The likes of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and even the disastrous David Cameron can charge speaking fees that pay more per minute than the vast majority of us could make in a year.

You don’t have to have been President or Prime Minister to monetize your past and secure your future. Lowly ex-junior ministers can forever act from their once lofty positions and find themselves as handy numbers as members of international bodies, visiting delegations, advisory expert committees and consultative forums.

As long as you have a neck thick enough to wear a lanyard, a valid passport, and a business card praising your earlier rungs in the pecking order, someone will point the way to a nice little earner. At the very least, it’ll get you out of the house, attaching a magnet or two to the fridge door, and maybe even tucking a few extra bobs in your ass pocket.

A job in the district council is also not a bad point on your CV. It could land you an appearance on a main drainage board, or a prison visiting committee, or an intergraphic cultural committee for the preservation of kitty music.

Not all political careers ended in the suspended animation of the lucrative junket circuit. This reminds me of General Ulysses S. Grant, US President for two terms and the man who led the Union armies in the last year of the American Civil War. He accepted the surrender of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

Four years later, at the tender age of 46, he was elected 18th President of the United States and is considered an honorable and just man who worked for reconciliation and reconstruction after the Civil War.

Life before the conflict hadn’t been easy for Grant. His attempts to supplement his military salary with business income met with a series of failures. He even attempted to farm 30 hectares of land granted to him by his father-in-law, but that too was a failure. The young man found a foothold in the military leadership and proved to be an excellent planner and strategist. He brought those gifts to bear in the first term of his presidency, but scandals and poor appointments dogged his second.

After leaving office in 1877, he toured the great capitals of the world and was warmly received by the great leaders of the time, from Queen Victoria to Bismarck and the Emperor of Japan. But the financial misfortune that characterized his early professional life was to strike again in his declining years.

He had all his money with an investment broker, Grant & Ward, of which his son and namesake was a partner. The entire Grant family followed suit, but the other partner, Ferdinand Ward, was a fraud. In 1884 the company collapsed, leaving Grant and his family penniless.

To earn some income, Grant began publishing autobiographical pieces about his military campaigns The Century Magazine. Even more misfortune befell the former president when he contracted throat cancer.

In order to provide for his family after his death, at Mark Twain’s urging, he committed to writing his memoirs before he died. Twain helped save him from a disastrous 10-part publishing deal The Century Magazine and published the work, with his company granting 70 percent of the proceeds.

With the final deadline weighing on him and in excruciating pain, he completed the 285,000-word opus days before dying on July 23, 1885. personal memorieswas released to great acclaim, and its sales brought the Grant family $450,000 – a fortune at the time.

I doubt Boris Johnson will have to endure what the great Ulysses S. Grant had to go through to ensure his family’s comfort. However, there is an interesting contrast between their respective reflections on their careers that they articulated when they left office.

In his resignation speech at 10 Downing Street, Boris eschewed any hint of self-criticism, blaming “the herd” for his political downfall.

In his last speech before Congress, Grant admitted his shortcomings and rested on his integrity. “Errors were errors of judgement, not intentional.”

I suppose it’s unfair to Ulysses Grant to compare him to Boris Johnson. The former died fighting to provide for his family; The latter was looking for a donor to pay for a tree house for his son.

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