#repost: Writing - What to believe by @dla1950

The following is a repost from here.

First of all an old joke:-

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'How do you know when a politician is lying?'
Answer - 'His mouth is moving!'

Already, 24 hours into yet another election, the verbal gymnastics played by some politicians in an effort to avoid answering questions is excruciating. It wouldn't be as painful if the people trying to perform the verbal gymnastics were reasonably well versed in the English language.

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Also when you have weighed up what the politicians have actually said, a major task in itself, you then have to decide what to believe. I suppose that is why politicians say as little as possible using the maximum number of words possible.

So what has this to do with writing?