Grantham Journal columnist Peter Clawson: Honesty is the best democratic policy

Peter Clawson
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Wouldn’t it be great if just for one year politicians of all persuasions came out with honesty and facts?

No more manipulation of statistics we have become so used to, in order to suit their own points of view.

Simply the truth, whatever the consequences, and a chance for us all to make a real and valid choice when we vote in the May 2015 General Election, as well as the promised EU referendum, county and district council polls.

Imagine figures reflecting the actual amount of unemployment, inflation, immigration, the deficit and all other vital information.

What a fantastic bonus to vote in any form of referendum and be sure you are making the right decision.

To be able to believe correctly that everyone from fat cat bosses and bankers through to hard-working employees at all levels are getting a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and all paying the proper amount of income tax on their earnings.

That the unemployed really are there through no fault of their own and the disadvantaged, handicapped and vulnerable all receive deserved treatment.

I declare an interest in thinking the state pension should reflect more accurately what senior citizens have contributed to our great nation during their working lives.

For young people the politicians should be scrapping all obstacles to acquiring education and skills needed to help make our industries the envy of the world again.

Get rid of tuition fees altogether for British youngsters.

Finally, and most important of all, force all political parties to stick to their manifesto pledges even after the electorate has had its say.