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7th Aug 2010, 10:37
The news that Wyclef Jean is considering running for president of his troubled and disaster struck homeland got me thinking about all those musos with political pretensions... I mean people like Bono and Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett. Their 'visionary' approach hasn't added much to the political firmament has it?

I am convinced that Mr Jean should reconsider. Besides he appears to have far too much of sense of humour to be a politician I think.


7th Aug 2010, 11:17
I totally agree and submit another example. Did not Mr. Blair play guitar in a group at uni?

tony draper
7th Aug 2010, 11:21
Didn't Cher's other half as was go into politics?:confused:
I understand Bin laden was a dab hand wi a Stratocaster before he found Jesus oops! I mean that other cove with the Arab name.

7th Aug 2010, 12:35
Sir Draper....correct! He was a, I believe, a Congressman from California, until he had an unfortunate 'run in' (at speed) with a tree while down-hill skiing. :eek:

7th Aug 2010, 13:06
Musicians as politicians? Most of them are on the Fiddle as it is!

7th Aug 2010, 13:29
Well, the cuzzes put up with a third rate actor fro prez, so why not - Sonny Bono it was. Came off second in a to do with a pine tree.

7th Aug 2010, 13:36
Ted Heath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Heath) (the one who became UK PM) was of a musical bent, I believe . . .

(not to be confused with his namesake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Heath_(bandleader)) who was a bandleader)

Pugilistic Animus
7th Aug 2010, 16:47
From hearing him speak after the quake-I think he means it and he 'knows' what he's in for:)

maybe one day I'll run for president of Puerto Rico:ouch:,..but I wont run against Krupa:}:}:}

tony draper
7th Aug 2010, 16:50
Papa Doc feelgood?:uhoh::rolleyes:

Arm out the window
7th Aug 2010, 22:15
Oh yes, Peter Garrett's done a great job...

Before: These government bastards are screwing the world over man, let's have a revolution, they don't understand what we're going through, what do we want and when do we want it? ... etc etc

After: Oh well Maxine I'm glad you asked me that question and I will answer it, of course, but let me just say first that the important thing here is to understand that we have a comprehensive plan to deal with the situation ... etc etc

7th Aug 2010, 23:37
Good politicians are leaders, popular politicians are what have got us into this mess. Ergo the good guys don't get elected.

PS insert country of your choice.

PPS "All politics is local" best advice I've ever received.

The sad fact would seem to be that the vast majority of voters are not great when it comes to figuring out whats best for a country as a whole as opposed to their crime ridden street.

Anyone else for the list system?

8th Aug 2010, 01:59
I like Arnold, but I laughed when I thought about him running California....I mean what were his qualifications?

It's not surprising that people just vote for who they think looks good, some name recognition....no one takes this serious.

8th Aug 2010, 03:15
Papa Doc, Baby Doc, the earthquake, and now a rapper for a President.

I wonder whether they still think the pact with Old Ned was a good idea?

8th Aug 2010, 09:05
Musicians as politicians is probably a better idea than politicians as musicians.

Just saying.

8th Aug 2010, 09:32
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacy_Jan_Paderewski): (1860 – 1941) Pianist, composer and 3rd Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

8th Aug 2010, 15:39
Condolezza Rice: PhD in Political Science, former US Secretary of State, classically-trained pianist, and all-round great American gal:


8th Aug 2010, 15:46
Here is another one...

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8th Aug 2010, 17:35
Came off second in a to do with a pine tree.

And when rescuers arrived, they found the body of the Congressman, Sonny side up.

And sadly, from his solo career, a tree turns out to be Sonny’s greatest hit.

Ski Cap, Parka, Slope......

8th Aug 2010, 22:10
Wicked Willy Clinton was also a dab hand at the saxophone.

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9th Aug 2010, 07:57
We've had the clowns, illusionists and jugglers running things for long enough so perhaps it is time to let another lot have a go

tony draper
9th Aug 2010, 08:07
Rappers class themselves as musicians? now that is novel.:rolleyes:

Big Tudor
9th Aug 2010, 10:23
Peter Wishart MP seems to be making a fair stab at politics. Currently holds the Perth & North Perthshire seat for the SNP. Was the keyboard player in Gaelic rock group Runrig.