This might be old news, but I’ve only just heard about this fresh scandal about Boris Johnson. Before the Brexit vote, he wrote a pro-Brecit article in the Tekegraph. It now transpires at the same time he wrote a pro-Remain article, which was never published.
I’m not going to defend Boris as a person, nor do I want to get involved in Brexit disputes.
But on reading this, my first thought wasn’t that Boris was flip flopping over whatever choice suits his career best. It sounds to me like a sensible weighing up of the alternatives.
In fact, in my work I do it quite a lot. I won’t go into details about what I do, but I frequently have to resolve financial disputes by preparing a report illustrating my decision. Quite often it’s a tough decision, so I’ve been known to prepare TWO reports with opposing views, then read them back to see which is more convincing.
I think it’s something to do with having to articulate your thoughts, bringing them into the light to eliminate woolly thinking.
It’s similar to writing a pros vs cons list for big life decisions.
So on this matter I have some sympathy with Boris. I think it’s a good sign of measured impartiality and logical thinking – I wouldn’t jump to label it deceitful.
What do we think? Anyone else make decisions in this way?