I agree. Hypocrisy is a maddening trait. When a person is shown to be a hypocrite it demonstrates, better than in any other way, that such a person is not to be trusted. You can bet your bottom dollar if they’re shown to be hypocritical in one area of their lives then they’ll be so in others. So it is with the Mayor. Without a real life moral compass to guide him, as opposed to the fake one he displays in public, he lacks the judgement and self-restraint to stop himself having affairs and can’t recognise that using ratepayers money for personal purposes is wrong.
It’s amazing how many God fearing politicians show similar traits and end up being exposed as morally bankrupt. So much so that when I hear a politician claim he is a god-fearing, family man my first reaction is to wonder how many affairs he’s conducting. My second reaction is to wonder how many people he has shafted by leaving bad debts. Moral and financial corruption, it would appear, go hand in hand.
A further reaction is to wonder if such a person is a sociopath. This reaction comes from an observation that many men in positions of power are charming on the outside but emotionally shallow. However, they know only too well how to be cunning and manipulative. A recent article in the Daily Telegraph tells of a new psychological assessment that has been developed to determine whether someone is a psychopath, an extreme of being a sociopath. Traits of a psychopath/sociopath include those already mentioned plus some others such as: a grandiose sense of self worth, a tendency to boredom, impulsivity. Have a look at the article and apply it to certain local politicians. I think you’ll find it illuminating.
All in all, it’s wise to remain immune to outward charm and sceptical of claims of moral purpose, especially when that person is a politician. It’s no surprise such emperors are likely to be exposed for not wearing any clothes.