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Is dishonesty the best politics?

John Dales
21 June 2019
“Good evening. The thing is, we just want your votes.”
“Good evening. The thing is, we just want your votes.”
“Hospital parking charges are ‘a tax on the sick’. I knew you’d like that one.”
“Hospital parking charges are ‘a tax on the sick’. I knew you’d like that one.”
“The end of the world as we know it, you scream? Ok, we’re out.”
“The end of the world as we know it, you scream? Ok, we’re out.”

 

Seven years ago, my title for June’s ramblings was ‘Honesty is the best politics’, Stan Laurel’s version of a well-worn proverb. This time, I’ve added a further twist of my own, but with no similar comedic intent.

My 2012 article exhorted fellow practitioners to resist the pressures to do or say something they don’t actually believe in. This piece, by contrast, is a reflection on what some politicians are prepared to do and say, seemingly because the only...

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John Dales

John Dales

John Dales MSC BSC MCIHT CMILT Director, Urban Mov

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with 29 years’ professional experience that spans from strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director being responsible for Urban Initiatives’ Movement + Streets portfolio before founding Urban Movement. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh, the London Borough of Ealing and Southend Borough Council, as well as a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London.

He is a Trustee of Living Streets, was a contributing author to Manual for Streets 2, and is a former Board member of the Transport Planning Society. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of a monthly article in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’ since 2005.

 


+44 (0)7768 377 150
www.johndales.com

 

 
 
 
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