In order to address a crowd of thousands at a pop festival or a sporting event, with millions more tuned in on TV, a singer or presenter requires only ONE microphone. One mouth, one voice, one mic. Simple!
Our political leaders on the other hand appear to require at least 2 mics and in some cases many more! I’m not talking press conferences here, just general speech making. Yes….ok, dual redundancy etc but……………..
I have a theory that as the level of ego goes up, and the level of mental competence goes down, the number of microphones on the podium increases in proportion. Most US presidents seem to have favoured 2 mics, with the exception of Ronald Reagan who appears to have preferred 3! Hilter and Mussolini were often pictured with 4 or 5. If any more proof is required here is North Korea’s beloved leader Kim Yong Un.
I rest my case!