Am I the only one who thinks Marat would make a lousy politician? … It’s not the nightclubs and the models … It’s his penchant for stating his mind. A very unpolitical thing to do. Maybe he'll make it. But I still find it difficult to see him submitting to party discipline with a good grace.
If obediently toeing the party line and swallowing your principles are what makes a good politician, then Marat would be “lousy” indeed!
To me, it’s precisely those qualities, his outspokenness and candour etc, that will make Marat a force for the good in politics, even if he's just involved in the sports side of things.
On the other hand, he has, since he retired, done an awful lot of talking about what he is going to do and what he is doing - without having anything much substantial to show for it - and that, surely, is an essential for politicians.
For sure, the ability to bullshit is
essential for (certain) politicians, but Marat doesn’t strike me as one of those. We don’t know in what ways his hands have been tied with regard to projects that haven't yet got off the ground. Here's an extract from an interview with Renat Zagidullan (president of the Tennis Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan) earlier in May, on this very subject.
/ Google translation
- Returning to the interview. Safin question - How long does it take to build a tennis center? Answer - If the resolution is, then only two or three years. First you need to build them at least in Moscow, Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Sochi.
Zagidullan: Here, as I understand it, Marat simply misspoke. (Laughs). This is, in principle. The same clause, the phrase that "Kazan tennis complex is vacant." We talked about an interview with one of Safin heads the Federation, which concluded his communication with journalists the next phrase. Marat is still young and hot. He wants to be done all at once. The desire to perfect, but, unfortunately, impracticable in reality. We have some developments of Marat, connection, but I think he still has not defined himself to himself, as all his aspirations and dreams can be realized. I think that, in connection with the desire to do everything and be quick, Safin is little excited.