Yesterday, I read in this publication that among the many promises that candidates made to the electorate is that university lecturers’ salaries will be increased.
If this happens then I guess that the lecturers will love it; however, I’m somewhat skeptical. I mean, the ‘poor’ university lecturer’s salary is an issue that is known by all and sundry.
It is my assumption that the present government wouldn’t be paying them a relatively poor salary unless it was absolutely impossible to pay them more. So, my question is, where will the presidential candidate get the monies from? Maybe he can tell us.
This brings me to the whole ‘election promise’ issue. While it is expected that politicians will promise all sorts of things to get elected, I just wish that they could be truthful.
Lying to the electorate isn’t smart politics, it is simply deceitful. They shouldn’t exploit people’s desperation to give them pipe dreams just for a vote.
Politics must become more than a contest to see who can lie more and better. There must be ethical behavior and realism on display as well.