Something must be done
The "Politician's Syllogism" is a logical fallacy of the form:
- We must do something
- 'This' is something
- Therefore we must do 'this'
Aptly demonstrated in this episode of Yes Minister:
Sir Arnold: It’s the old logical fallacy: All cats have four legs. My dog has four legs…..
Sir Humphrey: ...Therefore my dog is a cat.
Sir Arnold: He’s suffering from politician’s logic.
Sir Humphrey: Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do it.
Sir Arnold: But doing the wrong thing is worse than doing nothing.
Sir Humphrey: Doing anything is worse than doing nothing
UK Government - Exercise - 29 Aug 2012
Conservatives' health spokesman Darren Millar said more must be done to "coax people to do more and get off their sofa".
"If they [the Welsh government] are flogging a dead horse it has to change," he said.
As one wag put it, "Well, yes, obviously; stop flogging it...
- ↑ Welsh health survey: One in three take no exercise - BBC News
- ↑ Orwell Had it Sorted - Longrider blog