How well prepared are federal MPs to undertake the arduous tasks that will confront them daily?
Unlike most occupations, MPs are not obliged to take part in any education and training programs to prepare them for their role.
Herman Mashaba, businessman and member of the Democratic Alliance, now mayor of Johannesburg.
Business people who become politicians can bring fresh energy into the public service. They come from an ecosystem that is driven by urgency to produce measurable results.
Your vote is not insignificant in the bigger scheme of things. It matters.
Not voting can have serious consequences regarding the kind of society we end up living in. Disengagement can mean a lowering of quality of life.
Voters know when they are being given a ‘sell job’ by politicians.
Many voters feel completely powerless in the election process and their engagement with democracy; they talk in terms of 'us' and 'them' and of not being respected by those in power.
An election campaign is like a marathon; you can’t sprint the whole time.
Eight weeks of deadlines, debates, press releases, public appearances and handshaking. What should politicians and their teams do to stay healthy and sane?
A robot for an MP – who’d vote for that?
If a machine can write a speech for a politician, why not go the next step and replace the elected human with a programmed robot?
Winston Churchill: a titan of oratory.
Political speeches can teach us a great deal about how to win over an audience – and we can all apply the simple lessons.
How often do politicians lie?
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There may be only one way to tell the truth, but there are at least five ways to "lie." And our politicians seem to be the master of this art. A scholar decides to teach this to his students.
Politicians don’t want us thinking too hard about what they say and do.
What you make of the federal budget will be based on quick judgement rather than any careful analysis. And that's just the way politicians like it.
Jack Straw denies any wrongdoing.
The relationship between politicians and businesses has become murky in the past decade.
Rifkind knows how to make big money.
In his spare time, the former foreign secretary enjoys reading, taking walks and doing odd jobs.
Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show may ultimately be remembered more for how he skewered the mainstream media than for the laughs he generated.
Jon Stewart’s Tuesday night announcement that he’ll be leaving the Daily Show garnered an audible cry of disbelief from his live studio audience. Stewart himself was visibly emotional: “What is this fluid…
Speech is silver, silence is verboten.
Who cares what Gordon Brown says? Weighing in at this late stage to throw his well-worn Labour hat into the ring … Who cares, really, what he thinks he may add to the debate by now? Who cares what any…