Golden rule in assessing politicians promises: if something sounds too good to be true…

POSTED: 08/1/14 11:05 PM

As our front page article shows, not all promises political parties make before an election become a reality. Not by a long shot.

There are all kinds of reasons for this. Government fall, as we have witnessed during the now almost complete term of Parliament, and then priorities are reshuffled. Some projects go on the back burner, others are moved forward but the execution of any meaningful project takes time. When governments do not get the opportunity to complete their term – and this has happened twice – nothing gets properly done.

The main reason however that campaign promises do not always become a reality is that there is something wrong with the promise. It is too ambitious, too expensive or simply not realistic.

It is up to the individual voter to make sense of the barrage of promises politicians will throw at them in the battle for their support.

One golden rule could make it a bit easier to separate the wheat from the corn: if something sounds too good to be true, it stinks ten times out of ten.

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