Can politicians be too honest?

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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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51167073

He talks about lots of other politicians in the article too. Try to use examples when answering any of the questions below.

  1. Can politicians be too honest?
  2. Can saying what voters want to hear ever be more important than telling the truth?
  3. "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?

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo easygoing_weaver | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    20 Jan 2020

    Can politicians be too honest? In my opinion no,saying what you think is important as if you lie you will have to lie again to cover up that lie.I think saying what the people want to hear is not right as it is not honest and if you are not honest that can break people's faith in you and their trust.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    20 Jan 2020

    Politicians cannot be too honest because the truth is the truth and nothing can change that. What I mean by this is the fact that, as much as telling the truth could upset people, lying could shatter trust later on. Sometimes politicians have to think strategically and put the long term first. Eg: A politician wants to restructure the NHS but knows if they tell the people, they will go into panic, so he only tells them after the restructuring, when everything is sorted and good. This could be classed as 'not telling the truth' but for a good reason? Should it be acceptable? Yes it should! I think this because if you have a good idea and you are very confident with it, go ahead with it and then tell the people afterwards... But do you think this is the right approach? Comment down below...

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg chatty_cloudberry | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    21 Jan 2020

    In my opinion politicians have to be extrimly honest because how are they supost to help run our country if there going to lie . For example say they made a deal but they lie about it can start a big argument and lead to us losing power or money so in conclusion politicians have to be relly honest

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School industrious_cranberry | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    i think politicians cant be to honest because if you tell the truth then theres nothing you can do too be more honest yes they can be very little honest but the truth is the truth
    # industrious cranberry

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_duck | John Ray Junior School
    21 Jan 2020

    I think they aren’t always honest because they probably tell lies to get out of something like a debate/win a debate so they can get more votes so everyone can believe them and they don’t loose money

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy free_iceberg | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    21 Jan 2020

    There not honest to begin with, especially as they would do anything to win even if it mean lying to the people there supposed to lead.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School
    21 Jan 2020

    They don't have too honest because they might give it away.👍🏼

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    21 Jan 2020

    I think politicians can be too honest. Here is my reasoning behind my viewpoint. A politician needs to be honest and needs to tell everyone what he/she is going to do however they should not openly say what they think of the last PM or the other political party if it is negative, I think this because, if a politician says lots about what they think of something it may be seen as hurtful. This has consequences. Firstly, other politicians might look down on them and then this might lead to the public looking down on them. For example: Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton Heartless Hillary, he has called many people names and this has left a lasting impression. I will give one more example to strengthen my argument. Boris Johnson called Muslim women something hurtful in his journal, these were obviously his feelings on them but he should not have put it in a journal that would get published. So, in conclusion politicians should be honest and share their opinions so the public know what they stand for but should not be too open and say things that they believe that could be seen as really hurtful.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 21 Jan 2020

      Good use of examples to support your point!

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    2. Tendring Primary School marvellous_wolverine | Tendring Primary School
      versatile_molecule's comment 24 Jan 2020

      I totally agree, sometimes being to honest can be hurtful to others!

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      1. Tendring Primary School resilient_elderberry | Tendring Primary School
        marvellous_wolverine's comment 29 Jan 2020

        I think that you are correct but wrong at the same time. The reason think that you are wrong is because even though people might get upset is because the Politician is actually telling the truth. But the reason I think you are correct is because the truth can be hurtful.

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  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Jan 2020

    They can be to honest because if they say something like “ We are going to war against Iran.” then everyone is going to freak out

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Jan 2020

    Yes they can because if they said that we are in a crisis with food supply is going down then everyone will start panicking we're as if we kept it quite then we might be able to sole it before big problems kick in. That however does not mean that PM should tell lies,for example if they say they will help the NHS then they should stick to what they say but if they are doing it to protect there country then I think it is fine.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Jan 2020

    I believe that politicians cannot be too honest as that helps them to express their opinion and they will be more liked if they tell the truth rather than if they lie. However, I accept that sometimes they do not want to say something to the public just yet as not to cause chaos. I think they can keep something hidden until later on, but they should not be able to say they are going to do something and then not do it, as then that is lying to the public to be well liked and also then they will lose interest and be evicted anyway, so it is for their own good. However, if something may be seen as hurtful, (E.G. Boris Johnson wrote something rude about Muslim Women in his Journal that was later published) then I believe they should keep it to theirselves. Again, they could be evicted so doing this is for their own good. Telling the truth and showing that also means other leaders will lose faith in him too, so if the UK needs help, they may refuse. The truth is also valuable, and that means that if something nice is done for a country, other leaders will notice this and may put their trust in that nation.
    These are my reasons behind why I think that politicians can never be too honest.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
    22 Jan 2020

    I think it is important that politicians are always completely honest because modern politics seems to be renowned for bending truth and abusing statistics. However, they obviously have the right to present a controversial opinion that could be viewed as untrue because their job is to present their personal opinions. I think we should still be told things we don't want to hear because the truth is that in our modern life we have too many things that are hidden from us. Perhaps if every politician was 100% honest, society would have a broader view of the world. I think this would be a good thing, positive or negative.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Jan 2020

    Today, my class has discussed what Politicians have to be a Good Politician. We had two important ones - Role Model - Honesty. Honesty is VERY important to be a leader. We have discussed Politicians who made mistakes or were not honest. For example - Hazel Blears. She lied about her paying her bills after 5 years then people found out the truth. That wasn't being honest here. Bills are important. You should be honest and say, " Yes I Have Paid" or " No I Didn't Pay And Will Soon". If that happens then people would stop believing them. Even though Politicians do have to be honest, they still can't be racist. If a Politician or an important person ( being honest about their opinion ) publishes a book or a post on Facebook or anything like that and it hurtful, offensive or racist, people would stop following them and listening to them. So by being honest, you will have to think about what you can say and is being honest but also can't be offensive to people.
    Thank you for reading.
    - talented_cookie

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      talented_cookie's comment 23 Jan 2020

      This is a well-reasoned comment and it sounds like you had a great discussion in your session. Are there any other things that politicians shouldn't be honest about that aren't opinions or offensive, and what the reasons for this might be?

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  • Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think that politicians can not be too honest as it may have drawling effects e.g. Mrs Phillips was to honest in 2016 she said "be honest with myself is not me "and quite another example is Treasa May was too honest so everyone turned on her.
    Due to my results I think that you can not be too honest when you are in the government.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_squirrel | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Jan 2020

    In my opinion no they have to be honest because for example if your country is at war the people need to know who you are at war with.Hitler lied to the people so he could get into power so he could take over the world.

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  • Hillyfield School logo articulate_watermelon | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    23 Jan 2020

    in my opinion, i know you would not agree with this, but i do not mind, some politicans are mean and lie all the time. some of them say we make more electric cars but suddenly do not make more electric cars, that means, that politican lied to US! a great politican does not do that and is kind and caring like most of us. they do not lie and is not mean and racist.

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg generous_queen | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    I think politicians can be too honest as they could share their opinions from the heart and offend people. Also they could use their power for the wrong reasons. Like Donald Trump is going on trial for impeachment. I dislike Boris Johnson because he can sometimes be TOO determind. I think a politician should not air thier personal opinions to the public. They should be reasonable. I think a good example of this is Theresa May. She was kind and gave up her position to get Brexit done.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      generous_queen's comment 24 Jan 2020

      Why is being too determined a bad thing?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg serious_song | Streatham Wells Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    yes they can be because if you think about it you wouldn't tell your top secret to a stranger and then shout it out on the streets in the same way a politician would not tell parliaments secret

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School active_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    24 Jan 2020

    This is my point of view, some politicians can be too honest but I think that is good because we know we can trust them to tell the truth. That also makes them a good leader because other politicians can look up to them as a role model. If they keep away some of the truth then that is ok, but they should really be truthful. Others might think it is not OK and think that they can trust the news, but they should try and look at the other news and use their scepticism to see which part of their news they should believe. I think it is unacceptable If they completely lie because that does not make them a good leader and no one will trust them anymore and they might even be hated by some people. Also if a politician says what the voters voted for then there is no point they might as well reveal the truth. However, I think a Politician can never be too truthful because it is the right thing to do. That is my opinion. :)

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
    24 Jan 2020

    From my point of view, politicians are not honest as they sometimes look at the press or social media and worry that their point could be gone against and their role or job could be in danger. They also may receive threats like some politicians have done in the past.

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  • Hammond School logo charming_studio | Hammond Junior School B
    24 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think that they can not be too honest because their country needs to know what is happening to their government and if their are going to change something so I think the public are intitled to know what their government is doing or planning

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  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    24 Jan 2020

    some times their can but if it is for the right reason for example if it could effect them.

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  • Moreland logo smart_nation | Moreland Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    Politicians can never be to honest ,they speak up to share their views, opinions and ideas.They are honest because they want to do whats best for the country. If politicians were not honest they will not be able to share what they think is best

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    24 Jan 2020

    I personally think, that politicians can't be too honest because they should be open and honest to the citizens to help their reputation and gain more followers as well as do what's best for the citizens. If they aren't honest enough they could be forced to resign or be confronted and many protests could possibly occurred.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    24 Jan 2020

    I think they can't really be TOO honest because telling the truth is a crucial part of being a good leader. However, like jolly_seahorse said, if they tell us that we are going to war then it would frighten everybody. On the other hand, it would make us prepared for what is going to happen.
    Over all, my opinion is that politicians and PM's can't be too honest because everything that they say makes a big difference to everybody, especially if they tell us something that will prepare us.

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg inspirational_woodpecker | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    25 Jan 2020

    No because at this moment in times we do not have many honest politicians.There are a lot of un honest politicians such as Borris Johnson,Donald Trump and Tarisa May

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  • Hammond School logo miraculous_knowledge | Hammond Junior School A
    25 Jan 2020

    I don't think that politicians can be honest because there is not really such a thing as being too honest. First of all they could over exaggerate about the truth or they could over exaggerate a lie. I don't think that there is such a thing as being too honest as you should tell the truth all of the time and you can either tell the truth or lie. It might be a bad thing if a politician were to be truthful in every thing as the thing that that you might say could be mean or deeply effect the country.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    28 Jan 2020

    I think it depends what politicians were talking about that makes them be too honest. My reasoning for this is if Boris Johnson got a deal with the European Union and hid the negatives of the deal and only told The House Of Commons the positives of the deal, the government and opposition would vote for the side that wouldn’t actually be the best for the country even though it seemed like it would help us. Boris Johnson would be forced to resign and the country would be in a crisis.

    On the other hand, for example, if a politician had racist views on a colour but had never shown it, they should never tell anyone about it even though, you should never have racist thoughts in your head in the first place. If you did say anything against a certain colour then everyone would hate you and you would never be allowed in any sort of job. This would obviously make life worse for you and it would never be the same again. It is like not thinking someone’s clothes didn’t look nice and then saying it makes them upset but in a more extreme and bad concept.

    In conclusion, there are good points for both sides of the argument depending on what the situation is.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    28 Jan 2020

    In my opinion, I don't think that politicians can be too honest. Part of the issue many people have with politicians is that they find it difficult to believe what they say. In the last election, whole websites were set up to expose the lies that politicians (on both sides) were telling. If these people told the truth all the time, this wouldn't be an issue and more people would vote as they could believe what was being said. Honesty would also enable politicians to own up to mistakes they had made, instead of trying to hide them. They are, after all, humans and we all make mistakes.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    28 Jan 2020

    Personally, think so, everybody can be too honest. If you were a prime minister, you would want anyone setting a bad image on you, would you? If you reveal a bit too much information, not only does it give people a chance to get people turned against you, but gives yourself a bad reputation. Also, if you want to make a big change in the way that something is run, and somebody doesn’t agree, they could use the evidence against you and people won’t vote for you.
    Can you be too honest?

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg serious_badger | Highdown School
    28 Jan 2020

    Morally a Politician can never be too honest, in a perfect world there would never be a thing as too honest. Being too honest should be seen as a good quality coming from a politician as it makes them more trustworthy than one who lies. Right?
    Wrong. In the world we live in popular politicians say what they think their people want to hear (the majority of the time) or politicians will make up things to 'get the edge' on an opponent. Because if a politician is too honest it can cause them to lose their spot as an MP and not get voted back in.Politicians should have to be completely honest but unfortunately this is not the case. A politician that is honest will always do what is right as they can follow the actual needs of the country rather than prioritising what they think is right. They can use their power without bias.
    However I understand why people need to be shielded from the honest truth as it could set them into a panic and the last thing anyone wants is a panicked country. Such as if a pandemic were to break out the government may shield the actual number of people infected and people dead because it would calm the country down. The last thing they want is for an economic dip when millions of people are off work because they are afraid to go outdoors.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      serious_badger's comment 28 Jan 2020

      Great reasoning, well done! Can you think of examples in history where honesty would have been dangerous?

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    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      serious_badger's comment 28 Jan 2020

      Great reasoning, well done! Can you think of examples in history where honesty would have been dangerous?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_fossil | Upton Cross Primary School
    28 Jan 2020

    To be honest, I do not know! So I would like to share both sides of my opinion. I would first like to start of with 'politicians can not be to honest. A lot of politicians like to tell a little tale sometimes. For example, say that a politician has made a really good point and the people from the local community really like the point and agree, so they vote and that politician becomes a priminister. Although, they like to lie and they do not do anything about it and there is no change! My second opinion is that they can be to honest. These are the sort of politicians that people appreciate and prefer.

    What side is used more often do you think?

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School comfortable_flute | Lyons Hall Primary School D
      brilliant_fossil's comment 30 Jan 2020

      i think politicians can not be honest because they lie when they're under pressure

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    2. alert_reindeer | Whyteleafe School A
      brilliant_fossil's comment 31 Jan 2020

      I don't think politicians can be too honest because a lot and i mean a lot of politicians lie when under pressure to make a good impression to the public and to other politicians.👍👍👍

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School comfortable_flute | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    30 Jan 2020

    I don't think politicians can be too honest because a lot and i mean a lot of politicians lie when under pressure to make a good impression to the public and to other politicians.👍👍👍

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    1. alert_reindeer | Whyteleafe School A
      comfortable_flute's comment 31 Jan 2020

      I don't think politicians can be too honest because a lot and i mean a lot of politicians lie when under pressure to make a

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School clever_ocean | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    30 Jan 2020

    I think that they should be because even if they miss out the tiniest bit of detail, then that could cause an argument about the truth. Let’s go back to World War 2. If we were at war, then you would have to tell your country everything, even the least important things. Other people think that politicians can’t be completely honest though, and I completely understand why.

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  • lively_snake | Whyteleafe School B
    31 Jan 2020

    yeys i think politics can be to honest because they wont to be a good person and make people like them

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  • alert_reindeer | Whyteleafe School A
    31 Jan 2020

    Personally, I think that politicians can hide things from the social community to make sure it will not be held against them so they can not be sacked from their position of power. Everyone thinks that politicians will hide something that was quite serious, whether it happened recently or 20 or more years ago. They are terrified that what they have done will come back to haunt them in the later life. If you think that politicians should not hide anything and be honest, then i agree with you. Even if being honest will lose you your job, some people could respect you for being honest straight away.

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  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    31 Jan 2020

    i think that politicians can be to honest because sometimes the things they say can be harmful to other people. Also, they can tell lies that can harm people and to also make other people fear them. One word can make the difference of a riot or a nice, peaceful , calm, relaxing day.

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    31 Jan 2020

    In my opinion a politician should not be too honest as if they say something this may affect people who are sensitive in the world of politics lead to riots in the country as if more people who do not actually agree with what that person said they may call more people in which could possibly be the whole country. If they were lying a journalist could hold them to account which could lead to them resigning and we will have no politicians left in UK. Not only this people can criticise them and they may be offended in the public eye.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    02 Feb 2020

    In my opinion, Politicians can be too honest. Honesty is one of the ingredients of being a good leader. However, being too honest could be offensive and possibly will lead you into trouble. For example, Donald Trump was being too honest when he detailedly insulted women by calling them absurd names and much more offensive which led him into trouble. Protests began which had a bad effect on his reputation. Donald Trump was not having objectivity and was discriminating women. This is why saying what the crowd wants to hear is more important than telling the truth as now that Donald Trump told ''the truth'' he has fallen into deep trouble. Simultaneously, a politician shouldn't be too dishonest. For example, Chris Huhne showed dishonesty when he lied that he was not the one who drove over the speed limit and blamed his wife so he wouldn't "lose his job". Eventually, his wife confessed. The consequences would've been more trivial if he had confessed in the beginning. However, with committing two crimes (lying to the police and driving over the speed limit) especially when he was at the role of a politician, the punishment would have been harsher. The quote is not true as we all have different opinions so we obviously will not say what someone wants you to say because that is not honesty. It is just feeding the crowd with false information. This is why most countries stay in their comfort zones because they are so used to being stuck to one thing that they can't unlock an open-mind. In addition, one of the 7 principles politicians should uphold is openness, acting and making decisions without hiding any information. The only time where information can be kept from the public is when it is for clear and lawful reasons. I think politicians should have openness because it is not against the law to find out the truth of what is going to happen to their society nor is it clear why the government should be hiding vital information from us. Therefore, there should be no reason that politicians are not original when they are telling the truth. To conclude, Politicians can occasionally be too honest ad occasionally not.

    Thank you for reading.
    Memorable_orcahrd.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 03 Feb 2020

      A rigorous analysis of the circumstances where honesty / dishonesty is needed and warranted. Can you find an example of a country stepping out of its comfort zone?

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo loyal_shark | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    03 Feb 2020

    I think that no one can be too honest, especially politicians. For example, they could say "I'm sorry, but I couldn't manage to......................... because..................." And that would be that. Or, they could just keep saying "There seems to have been a delay" until someone caught on that they could not manage to actually do it.

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  • Halsnead logo triumphant_speech | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I have just read that lalu prasad Yadav the member of parliament in india withdrawed millions out of the goverments treasury I think Lalu was a bad mp becase he withdrawed millions from the goverments money which means he was a bad mp

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  • Halsnead logo committed_music | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I know about a very naughty boy.That is called Justin Trudeau is rasict because in a fancy party he wore a brown face wich means he is a rasict man and he is rasict and he should be arrested

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  • Halsnead logo assured_power | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I read about Saad Hariri it said Hariri was a former prime Minister of Lebanon. He gave more than 16 million pounds to south African modal who said they had a romantic relationship.

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  • Halsnead logo committed_music | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    Lalu Prsed Yadav was a mp in india . With millions of dollars from the indian govermen wich means he is a THEITH

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  • Halsnead logo coherent_tree | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    They could be too honest but I think it sometimes depends on what they say I don't think polititions would lye because if they lye great big consequenses might happen to them wich means that its better to tell the truth, to be honest I don't think that they can be too honest because honesty is there responsibility and not just there responsibility ours to.

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  • Halsnead logo analytical_bee | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I read that Chris Huhne was caught speeding multiple times but his wife took the points onto her driving insure acne but once they broke up the trueth was revealed

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  • Halsnead logo affable_ocean | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I know about Lalu prasad Yadav and she took millons of dollars from the inidan govement

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  • Halsnead logo triumphant_speech | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I have also just read that Boris Johnson asked our queen to prorogue (shut) Parlimant for five weeks in Autumn 2019. This was unusually long time,especially as Britan was due on a Brexit deal by October 31st. Some people said it was illegal move by the government because it would reduse the amount of time that parliament had to block no-deal brexit

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  • Halsnead logo courageous_painting | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    You have to be true with your words.

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  • Hillyfield School logo convivial_beaver | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    04 Feb 2020

    I think that many politicians do deserve more respect as they make all our decisions and if we treated them respect they may take our opinions into consideration more. This would decrease the amount of drama surrounding politics and politicians; creating a more peaceful community.

    I also think it depends on the situation as many politicians make irresponsible decisions, which makes them not deserve a slither of respect and may not even deserve their job!

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      convivial_beaver's comment 04 Feb 2020

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  • Hillyfield School logo convivial_beaver | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    04 Feb 2020

    I think that politicians can be too honest as honesty is vital in being a good leader; people may gain trust and will respect you even more, which is the key for an amazing leader.

    Also, if a politician has no other option but to lie and it is uncovered, the community with feel betrayed and turn their backs on them; they may never trust them again!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_armadillo | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    04 Feb 2020

    i agree with convivial beaver

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    05 Feb 2020

    They have to be honest but if they know something embarising about the other politicion and tell everyone to vote for you instead

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    12 Feb 2020

    In my opinion, Politicians can be too honest. Honesty is one of the ingredients of being a good leader. However, being too honest could be offensive and possibly will lead you into trouble. For example, Donald Trump was being too honest when he detailedly insulted women by calling them absurd names and much more offensive which led him into trouble. Protests began which had a bad effect on his reputation. Donald Trump was not having objectivity and was discriminating women. This is why saying what the crowd wants to hear is more important than telling the truth as now that Donald Trump told ''the truth'' he has fallen into deep trouble. Simultaneously, a politician shouldn't be too dishonest. For example, Chris Huhne showed dishonesty when he lied that he was not the one who drove over the speed limit and blamed his wife so he wouldn't "lose his job". Eventually, his wife confessed. The consequences would've been more trivial if he had confessed in the beginning. However, with committing two crimes (lying to the police and driving over the speed limit) especially when he was at the role of a politician, the punishment would have been harsher. The quote is not true as we all have different opinions so we obviously will not say what someone wants you to say because that is not honesty. It is just feeding the crowd with false information. This is why most countries stay in their comfort zones because they are so used to being stuck to one thing that they can't unlock an open-mind. In addition, one of the 7 principles politicians should uphold is openness, acting and making decisions without hiding any information. The only time where information can be kept from the public is when it is for clear and lawful reasons. I think politicians should have openness because it is not against the law to find out the truth of what is going to happen to their society nor is it clear why the government should be hiding vital information from us. Therefore, there should be no reason that politicians are not original when they are telling the truth. To conclude, Politicians can occasionally be too honest ad occasionally not.

    Thank you for reading.
    Emotional_fruit

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      emotional_fruit's comment 12 Feb 2020

      You've brought in good knowledge from an early BNC session! Well done!

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg funny_power | Weston Favell Academy
    19 Feb 2020

    Yes I believe politicians can be too honest. I think this because on the one hand they are honest and tell the public what they want to know about an issue but only in small detail, however on the other hand another MP could be too honest and say exactly what is happening and what will happen to achieve the goal – such as costs and timings, this could break public trust in them as a politician and their party who could lose seats as a result. So it is tricky for them to get a balance but I think it is really important that they are honest as they are working for us and running our country.
    People want to hear the truth, however the truth isn’t always what they really want to hear, such as taxes being increased to pay for public services and other purposes. So we do want the truth but it is not always what we want to hear.
    Its important to be honest in the circumstances in the run up to a general election as people will be voting for how their party will run our country. However, this is not always the way it goes. Boris Johnson has said that politicians who lie during political campaigns “should be made to go on their knees through the chamber of the house of commons.” I wonder if he would be doing this?
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-lies-trust-knees-house-of-commons-bbc-debate-a9236966.html

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      funny_power's comment 19 Feb 2020

      Is there anything you think Boris Johnson has said that will mean he should do this?

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg funny_power | Weston Favell Academy
    19 Feb 2020

    He said that they would be building 40 new hospitals but has only put funding in place for six!

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  • global-conversation.png appreciative_cockatoo | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    21 Apr 2020

    I think politicians can be sometimes too honest

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  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    12 May 2020

    Politicians are never honest,only few of them that are honest.they will give a lot of promises to the people but at the end when they vote him in none of the promises will be fulfilled. They will even do the worse.They are self centered

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