Outrage and embarassment

A politician in Japan told the truth the other day. Now he’s embarrassed and opposition politicians are outraged:

“Japan’s justice minister is facing calls for his resignation after he was quoted as saying his job was easy and he had no idea why he had got it.

“He said ‘I won’t comment on individual cases’ was a useful phrase in parliament, adding: ‘I use it whenever I don’t understand.’

“The other [useful phrase] was: ‘We’re responding to the case in accordance with the law and evidence,’ he said.” — Resignation calls after Japan justice minister’s gaffe

The experienced politicians and the reporters need to sit down with the freshmen during orientation week and make clear the standards expected. I guess the problem with that idea is they’d lie to the newbies. Because it’s not really outrage that the opposition is feeling; it’s glee. They’re just better and faking it.

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2 thoughts on “Outrage and embarassment

  1. He got caught admitting he’d been misrepresenting himself as a worthwhile holder for that office. He was lying, he just let the mask down and bragged about it at one point…..

    • Yes. I’m reading one of Raymond Smullyan’s excellent books of logic puzzles – King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles. Many of his puzzles are variations on knights and knaves, where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie. Politicians display more varied behavior, from telling a big honkin’ lie, to gravely pronouncing a meaningless non-statement, to asserting something that’s not provably false for some definition of is. What seems to trip them up is saying different things to different people. They haven’t yet adapted their behavior to the ubiquitous video camera. And of course as fallible human beings, they occasionally slip up and tell the truth by accident, misremember who exactly gave them the bag of cash, come to believe their own lie by repetition, or completely lose touch with reality to the point they’re unqualified for any office but the vice-presidency. All in all, it would be easier if they’d just lie consistently, but to do that they’d have to know what the truth is.

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