I'm always astonished that some people are stupid enough to think that when a person enters public life he or she somehow becomes public property, and must sacrifice the right to have any kind of personal space, or to occasionally show irritation towards anyone.
This story illustrates the point perfectly; my sympathies are entirely with the Mayor of Bristol, and I'm surprised he showed such restraint. In similar circumstances I would have used far more than one four letter word.
I'm sorry but there are some jobs that you need to show self control above and beyond that of others and Councillors is one of those jobs. There are steps they can take without resorting to this kind of behavour!
"There are steps they can take without resorting to this kind of behavour!"
Such as what?
Somebody follows you wherever you go,he gabbles away at you, and doesn't let anyone else have the chance to talk to you. Out of sheer desperation you tell him to expletive off. It's hardly the worst crime in the book, quite frankly. I doubt there is a single person who, subjected to the kind of treatment the Mayor was getting, could put his or her hand on her heart and say that they would not ever lose their temper in such circumstances.
What 'other steps' do you suggest could have been taken?
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