Some exceptions – the TUC’s Frances O’Grady, Kenneth Clark, Shirley Williams – have the gift of sounding like themselves, as if they believe what they say. Put the journalist Owen Jones on a platform and he blows your socks off. The public trusts Margaret Hodge’s authentic passion on tax-dodging companies, though Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage suggest verbal felicity can be an actor’s knack, not proof of honesty.
One of her examples is a complete know nothing, the other is lying through her teeth all the time and then we’ve Boris and Nigel as well.
Voters may pretend to like honesty, but they are still inclined to back whoever pretends they can do “more for less” – Swedish services on US taxes.
Tsk, we’re all very naughty boys and girls, aren’t we? We decline to pay for what Polly thinks we should have. Perhaps she’d better elect another populace?