The population is entitled to expect that politicians are competent:
· Politicians should ensure that public services are competently run.
· A government is responsible for setting the levels of government spend and taxation, to provide the services and benefits it has promised (188.8.131.52). A competent team meets its forecasts and avoids creating economic problems.
Politicians don’t require deeply specialised skills – they can call upon those who do – but they need more knowledge than the average ‘man in the street' so that they can competently perform their role as intermediaries between the population and the specialists.
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