Ethical Politics

Imagine a New Zealand where politicians supported an idea because it was a good idea and didn’t talk it down simply because it was the opposition’s idea.

I was heartened yesterday when I saw British Prime Minister David Cameron publicly admitting that he had make a mistake, in the way that he had handled the situation surrounding his father and the Panama issue. We all have flaws, let them show.

If we are willing to accept that we are flawed and want others to accept that, then we need to allow our politicians to be human. We should show them that we will support them even if they are flawed, simply because they are human and they are just like us.

THE MAN IN THE ARENA

– Theodore Roosevelt, 23 April, 1910

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Support all politicians based not on political allegiance, but in acknowledgement of the work they do in trying to create a fairer, kinder and more ethical New Zealand.

This is so much easier if you are willing to:

  • acknowledge that everyone is simply doing their best
  • accept that no politician ever ran for office with evil intent
  • not allow a politically biased or sensationalist media to influence your decisions
  • educate yourself
  • accept that no one person or organisation knows all of the answers and that trial and error may be the only real way to work things out.
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