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Monday, 13 December 2010

Is There Such a Thing as an Honest Politician?

The House of Commons in Wilberforce's day by A...Image via Wikipedia
Does politics only attract the wrong sort of people? Is it a place for control freaks to get their fill of domination of others, grafters to squeeze the public purse for whatever they can steal from it, attention seekers to bask in limelight? Of course, there are some good politicians out there; those who do a good job of the duties the office imposes. But the general picture we receive is of corruption, ambition and condescension. My own local MP doesn't see eye to eye with me on a number of topics, but when he refuses to take into account the views of over 80% of his constituents on a given issue, is he being 'honourable' by following his own conscience, or is he simply failing in his duty to those who elected him? He is, after all, supposed to be our representative in this democratic land, not an abuser of the office he has attained.  
What do you see when you look at your local representative in government? What do you see when you look at government in general?

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