What I Want From a Politician

Impossible Standards?

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I have been looking at politics across the world and the conduct of politicians. Perhaps it is the fact that there is more focus on the strategies of governments to manage the Covid-19 outbreak which has brought many more politicians into the public eye, exposing questionable behaviour. It is easier to blame tough journalism and media pressure than to believe that there has been such a truly awful decline in the morals and integrity of those in power. Most would agree that, ideally, those that we elect should be men or women that we can respect and trust.

Here is a list of characteristics that I would like to see in politicians. To find all of these in one man or woman, in the present climate, would probably be a miracle. Do you know anyone who fits the description? Am I living in cloud cuckoo land?

1. To have the ability to present clear plans for the nation’s future economic growth.

2. To have the ability to listen to questions and give concise and pertinent answers.

3. To acknowledge the issues around climate change and work with populations to achieve improvement.

4. To understand that every citizen has equal rights regardless of color, sexual orientation, cultural background, disability or age.

5. To show integrity and not be influenced by powerful commercial interests.

6. To not denigrate, interrupt or make fun of other politicians.

7. To be able to admit to gaps in their knowledge and promise to address these issues by conversing with experts.

8. To at least make an effort to try to understand the complexity of the society within which they live.

9. To not give contracts to their mates, but openly and publicly advertise and put work out to tender, by a process which can be scrutinized by independent means.

10. To understand that the education of young people is the most important insurance policy for the future of their country.

11. To acknowledge when others have come up with good ideas, and not take ownership of the ideas to promote their own position.

12. To be honest about mistakes made.

13. To give a good example in their own lives as a role model and representative of their country.

14. To work constantly for the good of the entire population and not just the elite few.

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Carol Price

I used to be something else, but now I can hold my head up and say I am a writer. Retired doctor. Passionate about empowering people. Editor of Illumination

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