10 August 2013

Political Hypocrisy

What is meant by the term political hypocrisy?

Hypocrisy always involves some inconsistency in behaviour and behaviour which is not in keeping with one’s beliefs. The absence of self-awareness can turn into a kind of deception of oneself or the people. The only sympathetic view of such behaviour is that it is due to some kind of self-deception.

A certain level of hypocrisy is necessary in any party-political system, and particularly necessary for governments of all stripes, let alone a coalition. Parties and especially governments require their members to be publicly loyal to lines and leaders in whom, being human and therefore endowed with their own opinions, they do not always have faith

Listen to an interview with David Runciman, the author of Political Hypocrisy:The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond