What Politics is Always About

4th November 2013

Asked on National Radio what he thought of the Oppositions newly announced housing policy, former Party President Mike Williams replied “It should appeal to young people.”

Not “it will help address housing problems” or “it will be an excellent start to solving some problems” or even “poor”. None of those – just straight for the political jugular – will it appeal in the vote grabbing game.

This serves as a curt reminder that politics and politically derived policy has little to do with problem solving and everything to do with “appeal” and votes.

This is neither peculiar to Williams – he is one of the best at this game . It has everything to do with the remembering never to rely or even depend heavily on politics, political processes and politicians to solve anything much that matters.

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