I use the word ‘sincere’ with some trepidation because faking that is top of the list of desirable qualifications for an aspiring politico. At the very least they must have an unquestioning belief in what they are saying and it usually helps if they have only a passing acquaintance with whatever subject they are talking about.
“Communicate with conviction” must be the mantra they mutter to themselves as they get up to speak, especially if there are hard choices to be made. Politicians love hard choices. They are the modern substitute for statesmanship and make them feel good about themselves. Of course, none of the hard choices ever seem to affect our honourable members directly.
You can probably guess that I’m feeling jaundiced about the whole political process at the moment, summed up by this from the latest Linwood Barclay novel:
Yeah, well, that’s the thing about politics. When one dick-head leaves the scene, half a dozen others rush in to fill the vacancy.
UPDATE: Bloody hell! I found the reason why politicians are so sure of themselves and why it makes me so depressed. See BBC Science.