How many times do we hear politicians and aspiring political candidates make promises during election campaigns only to find out once elected they’re not honoring it. From what most people tell me, and what I observe during a politicians term, most constituents hate it when a politician comes up with some rubbish excuse to justify a broken promise. Sing Hallelujah if you agree!
I have a bigger gripe though. I hate it when candidates develop “should I be elected” policies only to find out that contrary to their warm and fuzzy promise to buy your vote, during their election campaigning they’re doing the complete opposite. For example, if a candidate develops a “buy local” policy but a majority of their campaign funds are spent out of town. This is the most insulting form of hypocrisy! If you are going to change who you are when you are elected it sings volumes about your value system.
So what’s the solution? How do we hold these politicians to account? What gives them the right to earn the title Honorable or Your Worship if they are anything but that? Well, here’s how. It involves using the Criminal Code relative to the State. For example, in Queensland it would be the Criminal Code (QLD) 1995. Law enforcement agencies such as the Queensland Police Service use the Criminal Code to maintain social order, to make sure we as everyday people are doing the right thing in the interest of the public.
So here’s my challenge! I challenge every political candidate to put their promises or statement on a sworn document such as a Statutory Declaration.
According to one source, “a statutory declaration is a written statement that allows a person to declare something to be true.” If you intentionally make a false statement in a declaration, you can be charged with an offence. The penalty for making a false statement in a statutory declaration is a maximum of four years imprisonment (Section 194 Criminal Code).
The maximum sentencing term coincidentally coincides with the maximum political term. Rather than sentencing the general public for up to 4 years before we get an opportunity to exercise our democratic right and vote them out, let’s use the law to test their honesty earlier.