Editorial Excerpt | Too tough on our politicians?

If politicians can’t take the heat of public criticism, they should get out of the kitchen.

Criticism isn’t just some outgrowth of a Danish Jantelov targeted at lawmakers.

It is a part of a well functioning democracy, no matter how harsh that may sound.

Some may think that a well functioning democracy is about electing the best leaders. That’s an illusion. A democracy is well run if it can weed out the worst politicians. Doing that requires being able to criticise.

And that’s why our elected leaders need to be prepared to have their public actions thoroughly scrutinised – but this does not mean that politicians should not be allowed to have a private life. 


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