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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 Dales is a streets design adviser to local authorities around the UK, a member of several design review panels, and one of the London mayor’s design advocates. He is a past chair of the Transport Planning Society, a former trustee of Living Streets, and a committee member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. He is director of transport planning and street design consultancy Urban Movement. 

 

j.dales@urbanmovement.co.uk
+44 (0)7768 377 150
www.johndales.com

 

 
 
 
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