IMHO honesty has nothing to do with it. Politicians are incapable of it especially after reading Machiavelli. However the interests of the country should be paramount. These days we've all gone soft. Failed Politicians in the past often had their lives ended, particularly if they lost as it meant that their mantra had failed. Nope the internet age has dawned, we can vote for ourselves, the problem is what to do with a whole class of little darlings who no longer have a function. I rather like Wellington's approach "Publish and be damned". And yes I have upset one of them. I'm rather proud of that.