I guess it’s a little thing but I have to say the spinning – so far – out of the new government is much more measured than in the past. Some will say this is because they are new and within a year or so they will be hunkering down and parsing everything for tidbits they can promote while glossing over the big problems.
I don’t think so. I have chatted with some of the folks involved and I think they are ready to be more honest with the public about our economic, demographic and social challenges.
I have said before that when the rhetoric coming out of government doesn’t align with what people see in their daily lives, the BS-O-Meter starts to go off.
To reiterate, I am not saying the government shouldn’t promote when it has some success – they should promote that from the highest hilltops – but when there are serious challenges – take education scores, literacy scores, unemployment, out-migration, lack of business investment, whatever – they should bluntly tell people the unvarnished truth and then commit to digging in and trying to address them.
Admittedly, this gets harder as they go through a mandate.