I always thought the term ‘honest politician’ was an oxymoron – but now there is proof otherwise.
On Australian National Television last night Opposition Leader Tony Abbott – who demonstrates strong Christian principles, admitted that in ‘unscripted’ interviews he has told non truths.
The Opposition Leader was asked on the ABC’s 7.30 Report last night about his promise this year not to propose any new taxes, which he reneged on a month later by announcing a levy to fund paid parental leave.
Mr. Abbott said his scripted remarks could be taken as “gospel truth” but, “in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further”.
To a man of strong Christian Faith – the term ‘gospel truth’ implies honesty, integrity and above all truth. For him to openly admit on National Television that he sometimes fabricates things (in the heat of the moment) – or does not always give 100% factual and honest information, except when he is reading from a script just proves his humanity and his integrity.
I have often been heard to ask ‘show me an honest politician please’ …. Implying non exist! Tony Abbott has shown me how wrong a person can be. He has also shown to the Australian people, that no matter how much angst and bad mouthing being thrown at him by Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labour Party – he can hold his head up high, because he has told the truth.
In forthcoming elections- especially now and during the campaigning that will take place, we are going to be surrounded and overwhelmed with promise after promise of ‘things’ that will be made available to us. Promises will be made of changes that will be come for the benefit of the Australian people as a Nation.
If a politician can appear on National Television, and openly admit that he/she is not perfect, that they are truly human and err at times, then I would feel more secure in placing my vote with them, rather than any pumped up – perfectionist, who denies telling fibs, and mocks another who admits to being human fallible and tells the truth. The Rudd Government has broken its fair share of promises.
Let he who is without sin – cast the first stone.
Judge not, lest you also be judged