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Politicians should be given a break

The reason politicians lie so much is because we expect too much of them.

In the first instance, we expect them to take political positions. A political position is a position intended to appeal to a particular constituency.

But we also expect politicians to take moral positions.

So what's wrong with that? Isn't morality a good thing?

Unfortunately, morality and politics are in conflict, because morality and politics must appeal to different parts of your audience.

Morality is something that almost everyone agrees on, because the whole point of morality is to lay down the ground rules for a society.

It's difficult to put a precise number on it, but I would say that a moral proposition is only really "moral" if at least 90pc of people in a society agree with it.

Politics, however, is about power, not morality.

Anthony Woods

Ennis, Co Clare