- 4 Jun 2021
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This editorial suggests ways of holding politicians to account when they lie, in contrast to now, where they seem to get away with anything. Good luck with that, but still an interesting read and maybe something will come of it one day.
In recent years politicians have repeatedly based the case for historic changes on lies. These have ranged from the infamous “Brexit bus”, which promised £350m a week for the NHS, to government framing of recent rail strikes as “selfish” because, as Boris Johnson told one interviewer: “Train drivers are on £59,000 and some are on £70,000.” (The average wage of a striker is below £36,000.) Politicians consistently mislead about issues of national importance. I know this first-hand – I was part of the legal team that proved Johnson’s prorogation of parliament in 2019 was unlawful.
The big idea: should we have a ‘truth law’?
Today’s politicians mislead with impunity – could we legislate to stop them lying?