There seems to be little that can be done to change the position of many politicians. Most are hard line on whatever position they have taken. Many have made a big deal about holding to your ideas about certain topics.
This has had the consequence of making changing your mind a vice. Even in the face of failure and being wrong, there are points to be lost on shifting your stance. But, we find that there is a politician that has changed his mind and for good reason.
Speaking in an interview in the wake of a fortnight of terror attacks in Europe, the president of the Czech Republic has said the only solution to terrorism is removing the cause — deporting failed migrants — and has said in the meanwhile citizens need to be armed and ready to defend themselves and others.
“I really think that citizens should arm themselves against terrorists. And I honestly admit that I changed my mind, because previously I was against [citizens] having too many weapons. After these attacks, I don’t think so [anymore]”.
The Czech president said he was now in favour of arming the population over “the long term” and said he was convinced that if any of the revellers at the Bataclan music venue in Paris had been carrying a gun in their pocket when it was attacked by Islamist killers, there would have been fewer casualties.
It is tragic that it has taken such horrible circumstances to bring the president around, but at least he has been honest. He could be like the fools representing us, and only care about saving face.