The Hill: When praise becomes part of the Tory propaganda machine

Farm leaders are becoming ruefully aware that offering public praise for a government program can also create a credibility problem


It is a sensible axiom of political lobbying that the job involves more than demanding government action and then complaining if you got just half a loaf. It is also about praising governments when they actually get it right, or even partially right. It helps create a sense with government folks that, if they spend some political capital on your behalf, the effort will be acknowledged.

Farm groups and leaders who are consistently negative or critical are quickly shut out of having any influence.

Better Farming - May 2010