Courage doesn’t seem to win elections

Courage doesn’t seem to win elections.

Or is it that courageous leaders don’t even try and become politicians, so we are left with pandering political strategies?

Jonathan Milne also writes about political lying in the Sunday Star Times: Our leaders need some steel in the backbone, not just in their roads and building projects

But for the the New Zealand public, the question remains: are we willing to turn a blind eye to untruths in the Beehive and council chambers?

Regardless of how they may rationalise the means to the end, lying is not a legitimate political strategy; it is the recourse of those who lack the courage to tell the truth.

But it seems to be an increasingly common political strategy – political strategists don’t think that courage wins elections.

‘Pandering’ to the majority does have an element of democracy to it.

But real leadership sometimes requires courage, and with it strong leadership. People tend to actually like strength in a leader, as long as it is generally for the greater good.

Strong leadership should go hand in hand with the courage to tell the truth, at least the truth as the leader sees it. If that’s a plausible ‘truth’ surely voters will reward it?

But alas. Trying looking for the strong truthful leaders in the current crop of politicians (and candidates for mayoralties).