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Politicians will the ends but not the means.
From The Economist

What does this sentence mean?
I find two translations:
1. They know the surface consequences but don’t know the underlying reasons.
2. They pursue goal but don’t care if methods are valid.

Please help me understand it. Thank you very much!

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Politicians will the ends but not the means.
From The Economist

What does this sentence mean?
I find two translations:
1. They know the surface consequences but don’t know the underlying reasons.
2. They pursue goal but don’t care if methods are valid.

Please help me understand it. Thank you very much!
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