Thursday, October 11, 2012

Crooked politicians - a humorous table topic

Greetings toastmasters,

Recently I've made a humorous table topic that seemed to worked pretty well in our club, so here I am sharing the idea with the world (-:

Every volunteer had a task of impersonating a crooked politician - in a humorous "tongue-in-cheek" way of course, nothing too political (which would be against the rules). The volunteer had a task that sounded like this: "You are a politician that did something very unethical or sometimes even criminal (explanation of the deed included). Now that new elections are coming how would you explain yourself to public to clean your name?"

The task had really made the volunteers to make an effort to think. And also as you can probably imagine some of the excuses our "guilty politicians" were making were hilarious (-: , so the table topic was both interesting and funny.

To share some fun here's a little teaser video:


There were seven tasks written in total, and I'm sharing the task texts here so you could use it in your club if you want to, or make your own based on those:
1. You are a politician who broke his/her promises from last elections: you stated in your program that you will cut taxes for small businesses, but in fact you’ve raised them!
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

2. You are a politician who is married for many years, and it has become publicly known recently that you are in an affair with your young secretary (media people have noticed you and your secretary spending time together at a fashionable resort in an exotic country).
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

3. You are a politician who stated in his/her biography that he/she has master degree in economics, but journalists have found out that you’ve been kicked out of the university after 4-th year. So you never actually graduated and don’t have a diploma, and you lied about that sorry fact in your official biography.
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

4. You are a politician who had been noticed tampering with some government purchases and bidding – having some influence on the process you’ve got an affiliated businesses of yours to unfairly win the bidding for some government purchases. Your “deputy’s immunity” (AKA “privilege of parliament”) saved you from the prosecution, but the fact had become publicly known.
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

5. You are a politician who had been publicly denounced by some journalist. The next day when returning home late that journalist got severely beaten near the entrance of his home by some unknown masked people. The media blames you since you’re the only obvious suspect, and you’ve never had a crystal clear reputation to begin with.
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this incident?

6. You are a politician who broke parliament voting rules: you’ve been seen voting instead of other members of your political party, and other members of your party voted for you during your absence (using your ID card for voting system that you had provided to them for exactly the purpose of using your voice for party necessities while you are absent). The public is outraged.
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

7. You are a politician who had hit a pedestrian while driving under influence of drugs. You’ve been filmed on smartphone camera of a passerby as you hit the person, came out of the car behaving like a person under the influence of drugs, threatened that passerby, then jumped back into the car adn disappeared from the place of the event, leaving severely damaged pedestrian without any help. Later in public you denied your fault and said it wasn’t you, and police didn’t prosecute you (probably because you’ve paid them). But the video is now on YouTube, and nobody has any doubts that it was you. The public is pressing on the police to investigate the case, and detain you immediately. You’re in a big trouble, risking imprisonment if you loose your “deputy’s immunity” (AKA “privilege of parliament”).
Now that new elections are coming, what can you say to journalists when they ask you about this misbehavior of yours?

Best regards,
Mykola Makhin.

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