The French election and politicians telling the truth

The cover story in this week’s Economist is about the French election and the reluctance of politicians and the electorate to deal with a serious economic situation.

The truth is that it can be very difficult for a politician to tell people the truth especially if the politician thinks people don’t want to hear the truth or if he thinks people will vote against him if he does tell them the truth.

The truth is that probably we are going into a period of economic decline.  In the long-term we would be better off if the political debate were to be about how to cope with that with a minimum of human suffering.

However, most of us. most of the time, think and act in our own short-term interests as opposed to the long-term interests of ourselves let alone the whole community.  It would take a brave politician to put this to the test.

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