We should expect detail from politicians pledging change

The Alliance Party’s proposals for a Shared Future in its For Everyone document gained significant coverage in the ever excellent Agenda NI magazine this month.

What is significant about them is not the detail, but rather the more basic fact that there is detail.

The electorate should expect such detail from all politicians pledging change, but in fact rarely gets it. Most politicians offer only vague sound bytes, and often prefer to present a generalised version of the problem rather than any sort of detailed solution. On top of that, of course, populism reigns – all too often politicians speak only to a certain segment of the population (stating what that segment believes to be obvious) rather than, well, for everyone.

Charles Darwin notes that those who survive best are the best at adapting to change - change is indeed tough

Charles Darwin notes that those who survive best are the best at adapting to change – change is indeed tough

Change is too often presented as a simple and obvious thing. In fact, it is incredibly complex – requiring persuading people that change (at all) is necessary, then presenting the vision of what that change is, and then (most complex of all) managing the actual change. Look at the on-going Transforming Your Care or welfare reforms for obvious examples, in particular, of how the latter is particularly difficult.

Thus we should be very wary of those merely proposing change and presenting it as something simplistic. Those pledging it need in fact to provide the detail. Only then are they worthy or our support.

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One thought on “We should expect detail from politicians pledging change

  1. chris roche says:

    Mulroney says:
    The intellectual Alliance Party is the Charles Darwin in the promiscuous garden of unionism__a fragrant rose in a garden of noxious weeds. Re Darwin in a more prosaic module, one of his most DETAILED papers was on the subject of the formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms. Why am I reminded by this piece of scholarship of the affect of creeping little fluster-faced creatures like Jim Alistair, Sammy Wilson and Willie Frazer on the misshapen body politic in the Six Counties of northeast Ulster?

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