Ignorance Is not bliss

You could consider ignorance bliss, but one thing it is not, is a disease.

You might be forgiven for thinking it is when we hear time and again of politicians who are called in front of the ethics commissioner for various wrongdoings.

Ignorance is pure laziness in most respects and, in politics, I would suggest it is even 100 per cent laziness. 

All the guidelines for conduct at a political level are available to every politician. Whether they choose to read them or not is a matter of priority for each individual.

If they choose not to, it is a conscious decision to support the lazy option. 

When I was in municipal politics, it was very clear what was expected of each individual as a councillor, including not accepting Christmas gifts or such from various people who were, or would likely be, transacting some form of business or relationship with the municipality.

When one runs for office, it is incumbent to become familiar with those rules and regulations in order to mitigate potential challenges in the future. 

On one occasion, I called the editor of the local newspaper to advise her that I would be in a conflict of interest at an upcoming vote and explained why.

She was shocked that I would expose myself willingly to what became a front-page story. In reality, the story had its day in the sun and died a quick death because I was doing the right thing.

What is frustrating is that a group of what we would assume are well-educated, bright people lining up at the ethics commissioner's office to get their wrist slapped and, in many instances, “apologizing” publicly to go back and do it again. 

Bottom line, ignorance is laziness not bliss.


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