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The Lies of the Land: An Honest History of Political Deceit Hardcover – 7 Sep 2017
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Fun Author: Patrick Kidd Source: Times Published On: 2017-09-23
Sure to find an eager audience... Like a sort of giant supermarket sweep through the dodgier aisles of Westminster, in which the author dashes round collecting up all the best
reasons never to trust the establishment again, it's lively entertainment
The perfect bedside book Source: Guardian on THE PRIME MINISTER'S IRONING BOARD
Fun [and] digestible... There is something staggering about the sheer weight of untruthfulness that oozes from the pages. Source: Prospect
Irresistibly enjoyable... Funny, colourful and always insightful Author: Dominic Sandbrook Source: historian, columnist and television presenter
An excellent guide through the thickets of political mendacity. Brilliantly-researched, intelligent, and lucid, this book is essential reading Author: Matthew D’Ancona Source: author of Post Truth and Guardian columnist
Forensic and hilarious... Macqueen tells the highly entertaining tale of how lying comes so easily to those who should be the most accountable Source: Miles Jupp – presenter, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz
The best book about political dishonesty that I've ever read or my name isn't Neil Hamilton! Source: Lloyd Langford – comedian
Hilarious and troubling Source: Daily Mail on The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets
Vignettes of British political life from the whimsical to the downright chilling . . . delightfully gossipy Source: Financial Times on The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets
A senior Private Eye journalist charts the last 50 years of political lies -- and gets to the bottom of the "post-truth" eraSee all Product description
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Adam Macqueen insists that some of our Politicians are honest ( well, I would say, as honest as the rest of us ) Some have argued that we get the Leaders we deserve and Mr Macqueen seems to imply as much with his conclusions. That in this age of mass information, of various and diverse sources, each source can be viewed as on par with all others. In trusting no particular source, we are left to trust our "gut instincts" and worse, eventually to simply believe whatever we WANT to believe.
A dangerous situation.
We are advised here to act as our toddlers do, to ask of our elders ( if not betters! ):- "But why? But why? But why?" If we are serious in our questioning, of both ourselves and others, just maybe eventually the Leaders we deserve will be worthwhile to follow. We may not even need any.
Back to toddlers:- "And a little child shall lead them."
Best of all, his conclusions in the last chapter are very similar to my own views and although I can be cynical at times, I also like to think past the mudslinging and hyped up sound bites. So has Adam Macqueen.
The book then launches into a variety of political scandals, mostly well-known. Topics include sex scandals (naturally), the rise of spin, lying and the onset of Brexit. It focuses mainly on the UK, though there is some coverage of the USA - Bill Clinton’s verbal gymnastics over Monika Lewinsky, George W Bush’s view on his Iraq campaign and Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The very first episode was new to me – the cover-up in 1953 of Churchill’s potentially fatal illness.
This is a good book either to remind yourself of the shenanigans of the last 60 years, or as a primer to bring you up to speed.
Macqueen does not always confine himself to the generally accepted view. For example, while telling in detail the story of how the Iraq WMD dossier was “sexed up”, he argues fairly convincingly that Tony Blair actually believed that the WMDs existed: “that was his starting point; all he had to do was find the evidence to fit around it”.
Read it and don’t weep, just have a wry smile.