5 Sept 2015

Getting at the root

In this silly election season and with the behaviour of our politicians, I decided to find out what is the definition of a politician.

Being hopeful that the word politician would at least come from the word “polite” (wishful thinking) I saw the wrath of the dictionary on politicians.

The Urban Dictionary said:

1.“Politics” is derived from the words “poly” meaning “many”, and “tics” meaning “blood-sucking parasites.”

2. One who was perfected the art of lying.

3. A highly paid yes-man.

The Free Dictionary by Farlex said, a politician is one who deceives or outmanoeuvres others for personal gain.

Dictionary.com said a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favour or retaining power than about maintaining principles.

It is because of these dishonest men and women that Charles de Gaulle, the former French president, said, “Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when others do.”

Please Mr and Mrs Politician, change your ways. We deserve better. Hope we don’t have to wait to long.

Horace Peters

Diego Martin