A politician's political farce

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 December, 1994, 12:00am

ONE of the special characteristics of politics is that politicians have to almost always hide the particular aspects of human nature that drive them to seek public office.

This is primarily due to the fact that those who present themselves for elections have to always be pretending to be representing the interests of the majority of the people.

In fact they enter and survive in politics by representing one or more interest groups in society.

After the elections are over, however, these politicians come out of their sheep's clothing and subtly use their acquired public office to funnel public funds into the coffers of their benefactors.

Even though the vast majority of the people recognise this in the form of the perennial broken election promises, they have very little influence, power or ability to alter the course of events in their countries.

This is particularly so since the interest groups have the ability and resources to back up their representatives through vast funding as well as opportunities for exposure in the media.

In fact, modern-day politicians have to be acting in front of cameras almost all the time.

For this very reason, actors who are good at reproducing the lines in their script and clever lawyers who can give an argument to suit the interests of any side who pays them, become very successful politicians the world over.