?The collision between the simplicities of politics and the complexities of government is often a brutal experience for ministers. Politics is the art of managing prejudices. Give people what they think they want and they will elect you. Then comes the reckoning.
It turns out that the public votes, as it has every right to do, for one thing with the left hand and its exact opposite with the right. There is no requirement for consistency in politics. But there is a requirement for clear emphatic statements of purpose.