Lying politicians

Ailsa’s facebook – Idea of shock collars for politicians that go off if they lie.

Wouldn’t work.
The dominant technique employed today is to say things that are true, but in a context that most people will hear what they want to hear, rather than what is actually being said. Most people simply do not pay close enough attention to exactly what is said, nor do they have the understanding of standing orders or case law to understand the technical meaning of the words being used, and hence the legally correct interpretation of what was said (which is often a very long way from the common sense interpretations that most people take from the words).

Our legal and political systems are very tightly interwoven. They are very complex systems, with very diverse sets of actors playing in the realm. The rules of the game are not at all what most think.

Parliament is intimately part of the legal system, with a history going back thousands of years, and aspects of that deep history are often bought to the fore.

It is a very complex and evolving game.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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