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The Reality Gap

The public have grown used to the "Gaps" in our lives - the Gender, Generation, Wealth, Educational and Opportunity - are well documented and continually referenced by the media. The issues underlying each are well understood and are played to by each of the political parties as they seek to persuade the voting public that they have found the silver bullet to narrow or eliminate the voids that have beset our lives for generations.
The revelations and the responses from the parties concerned in the recent mayoral elections in Auckland and Montreal however give lie to another gap that politicians conveniently wish to ignore and which I choose to refer as the "Reality Gap" - the distance between an elected officials private and public behaviour.
In these most recent and graphically exposed examples there can be little doubt that the private behaviours of the elected Mayors to these not insignificant cities are unacceptable to the vast majority of society. 
The responses of both Mayors has been almost copybook - once exposed both admitted to their wrong doing, asked for forgiveness, believed that the matters were "private" and most disturbingly, that it had no bearing on their ability to carry out their public duties.
Lance Armstrong carried out his chemical fueling in private tried the same ploy as our erstwhile Mayors and found no sympathy but the vitriol of public outrage.
So why do we react so passively to our elected officers, for surely they have a far greater impact on our day to day living than Armstrong ever could?
I suspect that the answer is in the very nature of the personalities who seek elected office - they have their own skeletons and a collective ignorance of private affairs suits them all. So there is no incentive for the public to initiate any concern as the politicians unite to stonewall any initiatives for change.
The concerned public is left with little option to accept the "Reality Gap".
Aspiring to higher standards of achievemnet should be within the realm of our political leaders.
Sadly these ideals seem destined to be lost in the vaults of a bygone era.
Without political will, The Reality Gap seems to be here to stay.



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