Vernon Small is a man of the left; he goes through life looking thorough red tinted glasses.
Ok, it is no surprise that many of our elected representatives can be “economical with the truth”. Thus it was in the beginning ….
But you would think there was enough evidence from around the world of how tired voters are getting with politics as usual and with the insider games and rhetoric – of fudging, dissembling and “politics as usual”.
We had our own version in the MMP vote. Dumping first-past-the-post was not just about replacing an unrepresentative electoral system, but also about disciplining politicians from both sides of the aisle – over the head of their objections – for promising one thing and delivering another.
Insider-allergy was a key element in the rise of Donald Trump and the success of Bernie Sanders in the United States (though as evidence of the dangers of being economical with the truth? Maybe less compelling.) Read more »