“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
John F. Kennedy
Passing comment on Cameron’s rebuke by the Office of National Statistics about misleading the public over debt and deficit, Fraser Nelson writes:
“Forget politics, forget spin, forget electoral strategy. This about basic decency. Ministers should level with the public about the debt they are putting on other people’s shoulders. You can’t use weasel words like “deal with the debt,” which clearly give a misleading impression. You can’t tell people you’re “wiping the slate clean” when you’re taking UK debt levels from £810bn to £1,530 billion.”
So Cameron “mislead” – as he did in his “Europe” speech – and we the electorate are supposed to shrug our shoulders on the basis that politicians lie, have done and always will. That we do is because we have no control over those we elect once every five years. Not only do we elect politicians on vague promises to do this, that and the other; we then hand them a blank cheque with which to do it. Have we learned nothing during the past decades? Have we not realised that when a group of people are handed what is virtually unfettered power, basic decency is the last principle we can expect them to consider.
We are truly mad!
One can but wonder how long the electorate will put up with this situation especially now that a remedy to the incompetence and venality of our political class is available.