Monday, 4 October 2010


Tom Harris MP is so desperate to score political points he contrasts a statement from George Osborne given in 2007 to the Conservative Party Manifesto written in 2010. He concludes:
"Well, as I’ve said before, consistency in politics is overrated. Osborne obviously believes the same about honesty."
The notion that someone changing their mind is a bad thing is itself bad. Why should our elected representatives be forced to be consistent when things around them change? Why shouldn't they sometimes change their mind?

Tom, if you're going to try and make a culture in which people cannot change their opinions please make sure that culture isn't one in which people's opinions have major impacts on the lives of so many others. Oh, and whilst you're at it please have a go at your colleague Tom Watson MP for being delighted about a politician changing their mind! 

1 comment:

  1. John Maynard Keynes replying to criticism that he had changed his position on monetary policy: When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?