Can politicians be too honest?
This is a question being asked by the BBC Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar. This followed an interview with MP Jess Phillips, who was running to be the next leader of the Labour party (before quitting the race on Tuesday) Phillips is famously outspoken, straight-talking and is happy to speak the truth to those in power. Some say it is what makes her refreshingly different from other politicians who try not to look silly in interviews and give answers that dance around the truth. But can being honest lead be dangerous?
Read John Pienaar's full article here:
He talks about lots of other politicians in the article too. Try to use examples when answering any of the questions below.
- Can politicians be too honest?
- Can saying what voters want to hear ever be more important than telling the truth?
- "We like authenticity in our politicians, Except when they're honestly saying things we don't want to hear." Do you think this is true?