Roy Morgan’s survey of trust in Australia’s professions rates bank managers at 33 per cent. This is pretty poor compared to public trust in nurses, who, at the top of the scale, enjoy a well-deserved 94 per cent. But federal MPs score half that, a mere 16.
The banks abused the people’s trust and took Australians’ money. The political parties abused the people’s trust and took their democracy. Yet the political leaders managed to spend the week damning the banks without any evident self-reflection.
As a young man I remember back in 1964 the American government announcing that one of their battleships has been attacked by North Vietnam and this led to their mass bombing and full-scale war leading to the deaths of over three and a half million people. Twenty years later the truth came out that there had never been an attack on that American ship.
The earliest lie I remember was when I was just eleven years old and Britain and France announced they were invading Egypt to stop the war between Egypt and Israel. All the politicians behind that lie were dead long before the truth emerged that Britain and France had asked Israel to invade Egypt so that this would give Britain and France the chance to overthrow Nasser’s Egyptian government and take back control of the Suez Canal.
Always be careful about what you believe.