Why is it that politicians avoid the truth? This isn’t a party political point, they all do it.
As far as I can see there appears to be one main reason: they are afraid what someone else will think if they tell the truth. Either allies (for example Theresa May refusing to comment on Trump’s tweet about Sadiq Khan), or the electorate (Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to answer Jeremy Paxman’s question about his republican views).
Why do we, the electorate, want our politicians to never change their mind? Theresa May initially denied that she had changed her mind over the “dementia tax”, only later saying that in light of feedback she had changed her mind – and that this was a strength.
Does it matter what our politicians believe, or what they do and say they will do (Tim Farron refusing to answer questions on whether gay sex is a sin, but pointing to his voting record in the commons). Sometimes it does – when the belief is so strong that it will dictate actions.
Which leads us round to the question: do we want politicians who act from conscience, or ones who will do what they think the people want? How many MPs who voted for Article 50 believed that it was in the best interests of the country? Many were no doubt worried about losing their seats, and it is true that if you aren’t in power you can’t effect any changes, however, equally if the only aim is to remain in power doing whatever the public demand why risk your conscience?