Politicians shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep

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With electioneering now at full throttle, politicians are selling their souls, promising us anything and everything in exchange for their vote.

Of course, most of us know the real reason for these pledges is not to enhance our lives, but to secure their seat on the gravy train that is Westminster.

And although I’m sure that some MPs take an interest in our cares and concerns, most of them are in it for the wining, dining and pocket lining.

Predictably, once safely voted in, all those assurances are usually reneged upon, while they trawl out tenuous excuses for their misrepresentations.

So I have a suggestion that would end all this deception for good.

The leaders of each party would be required to state their ‘promises’ in a court of law under oath.

This would then put them at risk of committing perjury – which carries a seven-year maximum sentence in the slammer – should they turn out to be lies.

For the pledges they felt they couldn’t wholly deliver, they would be free to declare these as mere ‘intentions,’ which most of us would take with a pinch of salt.

After all, we all have good intentions, don’t we?

But by forcing accountability on these desk-jockeys, with the threat of porridge instead of perks, I feel sure they will definitely think again when vowing how better off we’ll all be under their supervision.

It might even get more people out to vote.

As for the politicians who object to these rules (I can’t think of one that wouldn’t), my response is: don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Peter Flynn