Wednesday 24 May 2017

Whatever happened to simply telling the truth in politics?

'You can’t handle the truth!' Jack Nicholson in 'A Few Good Men'
'You can’t handle the truth!' Jack Nicholson in 'A Few Good Men'
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It was interesting to see two articles (Niamh Gallagher and Shane Coleman, Irish Independent, yesterday) running in the same edition, both dealing with the most fundamental tenet which should govern all interactions between the citizens and the government - the truth.

When did we ever hear of a politician telling the truth when evasion, mangling, misinterpretation, expediency, or downright lies serves his purpose much better - especially when an election and a seat is at stake?

But what was that line from the film 'A Few Good Men' - "I want the truth!" and the response is "You can't handle the truth" - is that what our politicians think of us? Is a constant stream of palatable half truths, misinformation, and downright lies what they think we deserve? It appears to be so...

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