Evidence of how politicians lie

From the BBC comes a report exposing just how politicians have lied to their constituents...

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Evidence of how politicians lie. From the BBC comes a report exposing just how politicians have lied to their constituents — including Australians — about what is happening in Afghanistan. Expect Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Stephen Smith to deny this when asked:

Nato has invested hundreds of billions of dollars over the past 10 years trying to raise a modern army for Afghanistan and to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. But if a leaked classified report prepared by the alliance is to believed, all this will go to waste soon after foreign combat forces withdraw in 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Evidence of how politicians lie

  1. crikey david

    I’m living and working in Antarctica on one of Australia’s stations. We only ever look at the expiry date on products to have a laugh.

    With food spending three months on the wharf, a month on the ship and twelve months before the next resupply… it would be impossible to have food in date.

    We take extra care with some products like eggs, and oysters don’t taste very nice after fifteen months in the freezer. But proper storage means that there aren’t any problems.

    My favourite was a mars bar that expired over ten years ago. It was stored in a location that repeatedly cycled from freezing to room temperature and tasted as if it was made yesterday.

  2. Jackol

    Re: use by dates

    I’m confused as to what alternative is seriously being suggested?

    Food does go off, and different foods have different shelf lives.

    If you only put, eg, a packing date on food, does that mean the public has to know how long each particular food stuff is likely to last, and then do the mental math?

    Should the public have any protection from shops selling spoiled goods?

    I know various people have suggested watering down the language a bit (like “Best Before” etc), but I don’t think there’s any option but to put some sort of use by date on products – customers can choose how seriously to treat the suggested date, but it’s got to be there.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Afghanistan = Vietnam. The coalition for killing Afghans will finally see it as an un-winable war and run away claiming a victory of sorts, the current Afghan government will fall. The Afghans unfortunate enough to have worked with the Coalition for killing Afghans will be hunted down and given a hard time. There will be a new wave of refugees. Just like the closure of the Vietnam war we see it happening all over again. Motherf*cker Soldiers pissing on dead Afghans is the best advertisement for recruiting Afghans to support their own.

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