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'Superhero' Cumbrian MP's 'slower' lifestyle an anti-climax

The move from soldier to politician appears to be rather more mundane than one MP expected – after he likened his former self to a “superhero”.

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Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, spoke out about his “slower” lifestyle in an interview.

He told the Radio Times magazine: “Being a backbench MP is a bit of an anti-climax for a superhero.”

Mr Stewart went on to dismiss any illusion that MPs have any real authority.

“The politicians think the journalists have power,” he said. “The journalists think bankers have power, bankers think lawyers have power.

“The truth is, nobody has power.”

It is not the first time Mr Stewart has questioned how Parliament is run – last year he told the News & Star it was a “bewildering place” based on “very ancient traditions”.

His views on being a politician were not the only comments the Conservative MP made which might raise eyebrows.

In deference to Karl Marx’s infamous statement that “religion is the opium of the masses”, in the same interview Mr Stewart referred to children in the same light.

He continued: “If we say the purpose of life is our children, that’s neither a purpose nor a meaning.

“But I’m sure I will be as besotted as everybody else when I have them.”

Mr Stewart, 41, married his American wife Shoshana Clark, 33, almost two years ago.

They met when she was a volunteer for the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a charity the MP set up in 2006.

Mr Stewart spoke to the magazine ahead of the airing of a new BBC2 documentary about the boundary between Scotland and England.

Called The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland, Mr Stewart admitted he originally hoped the programme would unveil a “strong sense of British identity”, but this was not the case.

He is currently spearheading a campaign against Scottish independence, and has described Hadrian’s Wall as a “pernicious scar across the landscape”.

Before entering Parliament, he served as a soldier and a diplomat and wrote a book about his experiences walking across Afghanistan.

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Cheap unfair publicity

Posted by Anon on 3 April 2014 at 22:16

I agree with Lesley, it was a good tv programme, why all the bitterness? Yes, he may have made a silly comment about 'superheroes' which he probably got wrong, but we all say daft things in our lives, get over it, it doesn't matter.

Incidentally I do not vote Conservative or for that matter or for any other political party, I lost interest years ago

Posted by ian on 3 April 2014 at 19:23

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