LIE, DENY, AND HAVE ANOTHER TRY
“Okay, so you caught us lying, but we’re politicians, so we are allowed to lie. What’s the big deal?”
When lying is so casually regarded, how can we – the taxpaying public – believe anything our political leaders tell us?
We are told of long-term plans to create employment and reduce crime and create a “better life for all”, but is this a real plan or simply a politician’s thumb-suck?
“We have decided that next year we will start teaching pigs to fly so they can get themselves to the abattoirs without getting their feet muddy. Nominations are called for candidates for the Patu (Porcine Aeronautical Training Unit).
“Applicants with experience of airborne mammalian behaviour will be given preference.”
Well, why not? Nobody believes politicians anyway, so if you’re going to tell a porky, why not make it a whopper? Talking of lies, I am embarrassed to report that I have fallen for exactly the kind of scam I’ve been warning readers about for years. And it didn’t even involve a politician.
A very smooth-talking gentleman persuaded me to let his team of bush clearers chop out the alien vegetation on my property and remove it. Of course he needed money up front to have his machines serviced and his lorries fuelled.
Now I am left with a stack of cut bushes in my backyard and a vanished plot clearer. I guess his bakkie broke down.
I fear I will not see him again. Or my money. Silly me! If he does one day pop up and finish the job, I’ll apologise publicly. In the meanwhile, if a smooth-talking woodsman offers to clear your property, you might like to check with me first, just in case it’s the same elusive fellow. Last Laugh
Two dogs were chatting outside the shopping mall. “This inflation is getting right out of control,” said the one. “I believe the price of dog food has gone up to nearly R10 a can.” “Good gracious!” said the other dog, “that’s about R70 in dog money!”