Tuesday, 26 March 2013


by Colin Bloom

After watching Sebastian Vettel's terrible, selfish behaviour at this weekend's Malaysian Formula One GP I was reminded of the old African proverb that goes something like, 'if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

For the tiny minority of readers who don't watch 200mph advertising hoardings go round and round and round in circles allow me to quickly explain what happened. In only the second race of a nineteen race season, the three time World Champion and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel defied his team orders by overtaking his team mate Mark Webber who was then in first place. It was an outstanding, audacious and quite spectacular piece of wheel to wheel racing, and against anyone but his team mate, would have got all the headlines for the right reasons.

The problem for Vettel is that now in the eyes of most F1 fans, and certainly his team and probably every other driver, he is seen as a self centred, ill disciplined, get-ahead-at-all-costs maverick. Team orders are there because team owners know that even in the fastest sport on the planet, it's more than just how quickly you can go, it's about how far you can go quickly. This weekend has damaged Vettel and Red Bull; his behaviour has spoiled an otherwise great team result and left the Champion's boss on the horns of a raging red bull dilemma.

The shenanigans of what happened in Malaysia made me think about some LibLabCon Parliamentarians from the circa 2010 intake into both Houses. Boy are they in a hurry; in their indecent haste to make a name for themselves or to climb onto the Government payroll or Shadow equivalent, they seem to be forgetting themselves and those around them. They seem to have disregarded their team mates and the team orders, and their get-ahead-at-all-costs maverick behaviour just creates bitterness and enemies. These arrivistes have all the appearance of going fast; but they also look like they are going alone, given the tough trade that is politics, I fear they'll be ill equipped to maintain life at its current pace.

So whether it's in the fast moving world of motor-sport, or the more important work of being a Parliamentarian, remember that if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

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