“The popular image of the political process would be enhanced if the ideals of openness and accountability were pursued,  if relevant information was made available in timely fashion to the public and if our representatives gave us the bad news as well as the good news.  People would react favourably if they felt that they could rely on the accuracy of political statements.  Unreliability of statements by politicians and “cover-ups”  lead to lack of trust and confidence in the political process.  Sometimes these statements are made carelessly for opportunistic reasons.  But on other occasions the unreliability of the statements is exaggerated and then exploited by other politicians and the media for their own ends.  Statements of intention are frequently elevated into “promises” even if they are obviously conditional on no change in relevant circumstances taking place.”

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