The honest truth about politicians is that they tell lies:
This is not an ideological argument about the moral advantages of a smaller state: it is simple economic necessity. As the man said, there’s no money left. And the only ways that anybody can think of for the state to get more of it are either futile (taxing the “rich”) or destructive of any possibility of recovery (more borrowing). What began as a banking collapse has turned into a crisis of democratic politics. Is this what we have to look forward to? The process of campaigning and voting will be an irrelevance: all parties will tell pretty much the same lies. Whichever one is marginally more credible than the others will gain power (probably in coalition with another bunch of liars), and then have to do what needs to be done in whatever desperate, underhand ways it can devise. Nobody will feel that he got what he voted for, because what he voted for was impossible.
Sad but true…especially in an MMP environment.
The very necessity of coalition politics and the system that is MMP means that we will never again elect a government that keeps their promises. They will have mitigate and compromise in order to gain power, and in doing so will have to “lie” to the electorate and leave promises broken and unfulfilled.
The very system that people thought would free us from the tyranny of the politicians has in fact enslaved us and delivered up the most consummate of liars…the List MP, a creature of the party, answerable not to the electorate but to the party bosses.
Bonus video: Queen – Liar