Holding politicians to moral standards

Holding politicians to moral standards.

Does public opinion matter?

Pic. encodinglife.blogspot.com. Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of the prime minister of Italy, commented on her father’s womanising by saying: “… public officials cannot afford to differentiate between their public and private spheres”.

She went further to state that: “Politicians who are called upon to govern well, to make a community prosper, are also required to safeguard the values that it (the community) expresses, possibly elevate them”.

Silvio Berlusconi, too, apologised to his wife, and had publicly asked for his wife’s forgiveness as his behaviour had “wounded her dignity”. Yet two years later in 2009, the wife announced her intention to divorce the prime minister and her reason was, “he would tell me another lie” and “I cannot stop him from making himself ridiculous before the world”. She, too, “had for many years endured his behaviour “.

When does a public figure’s (politician) immoral act becomes public interest?

The British considers it deserves comment when it “frauds upon the public purse or interferes with the national or state administration”. The Profumo scandal went into national security dimensions and rocked the Conservative government. Profumo resigned 10 weeks after the scandal came into public eye.

Australia is more forgiving as Bob Hawke who “tearfully admitted on TV having committed adultery” but went on to become one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers.

Elspeth Probyn, professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia, considers infidelity as “a breach of trust in a climate where people have very little trust for politicians anyway”. Being branded as “a member of the pantheon of adulterous Australian politicians” is far from honourable.

This situation fits well into the Cantonese saying that, “others give you face, but you ruined your own dignity”.

I have gone into great lengths in pointing out various views on immorality of politicians and they are not isolated nor far and few in between. 

As an ordinary member of the party, the last person I would want to represent me will be one who does not know how to control his arrogance and continuously insult my, and others, intelligence.

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