Wednesday, November 4, 2009


An interesting situation has occurred in New Zealand politics. In a time where the public and consumers want transparency and honesty - some politicians go and do the opposite.

The public have said through their voice in the media and talk back radio that free perks should not be squandered or abused by the politicians. Especially not by persons whom have previously railed against such abuses of power. However it is only now that those same persons behaviors are in the public arena, whereas previously it was all hushed up.

What can we learn from this?

  1. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Be careful what you say about others and how you go about saying it.

  2. You reap what you sow. If you use the system to your advantage (even lawfully) someone else will most likely do the same to you in the future.

  3. Integrity and a good name is all you have. It is easy to lose a good image and very, very hard to get it back.

  4. Work hard to maintain your credibility - friends are more fickle than family.

What should these politicians do? Be more honest in the future, don't take advantage of the system and never forget that they are in the spotlight at all times. It's hard being in a position where you are visible all the time - hence the need to be so much more careful.

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