Politicians and the truth - A dangerous game
Alistair Darling's recent ingestion of truth serum about the state of the economy leaves us citizens in a very strange position. This is exactly what we want from our political leaders: brutal honesty. This presents us with the problem of straying from our natural instinct of criticising the member of parliament who has just told us the bad news. It's really hard to do.
However, if we don't accept the comment and give the chancellor credit for his honesty, what incentive will that ever give him or any of his colleagues to do it again? I believe that's why he's played this card. The public has no choice but to grant him temporary immunity as he presents with the facts laid bare.
What an opportunity that creates. "People of Britain, we're really up excrement creek. I tell you this because I want to level with you. You deserve to know the truth. And I can confidently tell you this because I have a plan to fix it all and guide us back into the black. It goes like this..." And the country forms a gigantic huddle as the badger resembling creature whispers the plan into our ears in Fred Jones fashion.
Sadly, this plan hasn't been whispered in my ear or I wasn't paying attention at the time. When a leader tells you we are all doomed you should expect him to have some solution in mind when it comes to fixing it. Otherwise, you get a new leader...