Definition of keep the bastards honest in English:

keep the bastards honest

phrase

Australian
informal
  • Ensure that politicians behave fairly and openly.

    ‘we're going to need someone to keep the bastards honest’
    • ‘He has tried to paint himself as the party that keeps the bastards honest.’
    • ‘He warned politicians on Wednesday, "I'm not here to keep the bastards honest; I'm here to get rid of the bastards."’
    • ‘The candidates will be viewed as 'the infighting bastards', rather than candidates that can 'keep the bastards honest'.’
    • ‘We keep the bastards honest and we have the mechanisms to keep ourselves honest too.’
    • ‘The best parliaments happen when independents are keeping the bastards honest.’