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Can We Trust Politicians? Who Are They? Why do People Become Politicians?

July 2018

Why Do Poeople Become Politicians?

Politicians are just ordinary people doing a job. They took on the position because it is the best paid job they could find when they needed more money to live, which of course is the case, most of the time, for many of the rest of us.

They probably did not start out as politicians. On leaving school or university, most will have begun an occupation or profession for which they, or others around them, judged would give them the best start in life, both financially and socially.

UK Houses of Parliament

Some later come to see a political career as a route to further personal advancement. Others are persuaded by people around them to enter politics as future pillars of society, because they appear to have opinions on any and every issue and rarely hesitate to speak their minds. They show signs of being born leaders.

All through society the need constantly arises to appoint new leaders, committee members, spokespersons, and the like. Our potential politicians are pushed forward, if the have not already put themselves at the front of the queue, as candidates. If they are successful, they sometimes save their proposers from having to take on a distasteful role themselves. The new appointees, basking in the glory of the moment, may not realise they have possibly been duped!

A typical committee meeting

What Kind of People enter Politics?

Politicians are, by nature, argumentative, forceful and stubborn. They will make a point and stick by it regardless of counter arguments from others, but they can just as easily perform a "U-turn" at a later time seemingly forgetting their previous stance on the matter, and with no apparent show of conscience.

A number of UK MPs in Parliament's House of Commons

Any contentious unresolved issue will attract politicians with any number of opposing views on the matter. They will each argue from their individual points of view, sometimes based on pure speculation, sometimes from their own particular interpretation of "facts" or "statistics", etc, occasionally due to their own personal desire and/or gain from a specific outcome and, more often than not, merely to thwart the progress of those they naturally oppose.

Examples of such contentious issues are easy to find. Take Brexit for instance.

Can We Trust Politicians?

The subject of the Withdrawal of Britain from the European Union, nicknamed later as "Brexit", was first raised officially in the Conservative election manifesto of 2015. Since then, many politicians, and even more self-styled "experts" on the fringe of politics, have predicted an almost infinite variety of "probable" outcomes, if we leave the EU, ranging from extremely positive to disastrously negative!

Even in July 2018, two years after the people of Britain voted democratically in the June 2016 Referendum to leave the EU, some politicians, backed by a circus of business pundits and celebrities, still argue that our relationship with the European Union should remain as it is. They suggest that any tampering with the status quo will result in "the end of the world as we know it". Others maintain that a complete and unequivocal break away from the EU will enable us to say "the world is our oyster!" with our country being opened up to amazing opportunities for trade, jobs and the British economy.

Obviously the politicians can't ALL be right! The only certainty is that they could all be WRONG!

A selection of newpaper headlines about members of
Parliament and the Brexit shambles

Are Politicians Honest?

Sometimes, but not always, when an issue is finally resolved and one or more politicians are proved to have been predicting a totally inaccurate outcome, they take the opportunity to admit they were wrong and resign from office, but this is fairly rare.

The opposite is more likely to happen. Many have been known to cling to office, deny the final result was a success, continue to argue that if things had been done their way, the outcome would have been even better, and staunchly refuse to admit the course of action they advocated was in any way flawed.

Do Politicians Lie?

Politicians are not always as clever as they, and some of their constituents, believe them to be. They are adept at trotting out the party line, regardless of whether their words actually answer any question put to them.

When faced with questions from the media (our supposed window on what politicians are actually doing for our country) such as: "What is the Government doing about the crisis in (insert name of public service, industry or current area of concern)?", their answers often follow a well-worn script.

"We are doing a lot to address this issue."

"Discussions are well under way."

"We are setting aside 'x' million/billion over the next 'y' years to tackle the problem."

"We wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for the mistakes of the last government."

This generally means some members of the Cabinet, a random bunch of back-benchers and many clueless civil servants are shambling around like headless chickens, filling their day with meetings and discussions to give the impression to their senior colleagues, the media, and the increasingly frustrated common people, that something is actually happening to resolve an apparently serious national problem

Long awaited reports are produced, filled with gobbledygook and waffle, which are designed to confuse the issue even further and delay the process of decision-making, thus avoiding the possibility of being blamed when everything goes pear-shaped.

Political gobbledygook

Do Politicians Do A Good Job?

Most politicians become adept at giving the impression they are "on top of a problem". They claim to understand the difficulties involved, but can always quote statistics, which they hope appear to prove that progress is being made.

Many politicians, and indeed local council members, officials and civil servants, are a living embodiment of 'The Peter Principle', which broadly states that in any organisation such as a political hierarchy, every member rises to his/her level of incompetence

Why Do We Have Politicians?

We elect politicians to represent us in the various groups which discuss and attempt to resolve the problems, both trivial and of great national importance, which inevitably arise in all complex societies such as ours. Unfortunately they rarely deliver universally acceptable solutions.

They "rob Peter to pay Paul", and shuffle limited resourses around, often creating more confusion and unrest than there was before, in an effort to appear competent and caring, while simply ensuring the security and continuation of their own chosen careers.

Sosumi - July 2018

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