Monday September 21, 2020

Promises and lies: living up to the election blather

Do parties ever deliver on election promises? Contrary to public perception, academic research shows they do – and more often than we might imagine

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st March, 2020
The parties have to keep their own TDs on side by giving them regular updates on how the talks are going.

“Politicians are the same all over,” said Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. “They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.”

If and when a new government is formed, there will be many howls about “broken promises” once the programme for government is published.

But the reality is not as bad as some people believe it to be. Khrushchev never lived to see the €20 million Harry Blaney...

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