- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; UK ed. edition (11 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743275608
- ISBN-13: 978-0743275606
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rise Of Political Lying Paperback – 11 Apr 2005
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'A fun read . . . You just wont believe that anyone could have voted for Blair again' -- Charlie Whelan, Sunday Telegraph
'A lively contribution to an important debate' -- Michael White, Guardian
'Devastating . . . A remarkably compelling read' -- David Mellor, Evening Standard
'Devastating' -- Daniel Hannan, Daily Telegraph
'This book is substantial, a brutal study of a brutal topic' -- Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times
'Vivid and compelling . . . The reader will be both entertained and angered . . . Oborne has provided some very powerful truths' -- John Kampfner, Observer
Being "economical with the truth" has become almost a jokey euphemism for the political lie - a cosy insider's phrase for the disingenuousness that is now accepted as part and parcel of political life. But as we face the third term of a government that has elevated this kind of economics almost to an art form, is it now time to question the creeping invasion of falsehood? What does the rise of the political lie say about our society? At what point, if we have not reached it already, will we cease to believe a word politicians say? Tracing the history of political falsehood back to its earliest days but focusing specifically on the exponential rise of the phenomenon during the Major and Blair governments, Peter Oborne demonstrates that the truth has become an increasingly slippery concept in recent years. From woolly pronouncements that are designed merely to obfuscate to outright and blatant lies whose intention is to deceive, the political lie is never far from the surface. And its prevalence has led to a catastrophic decline in trust, at a time when people are more politicised than ever.Rigorous, riveting, and profoundly shocking, this is a devastating book about one of the single biggest issues facing us today. See all Product description
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Occasionally politicians tell the truth. We know that. We don’t need books like this to reassure us that the fragility of human nature means politicians will turn away from lies and sometimes trust the electorate to know and handle the truth. This of course runs the terrifying risk that voters (the electorate and MPs) may make informed and responsible decisions. A risk few politicians have the moral strength to run. If the truth had been known about the preposterous dodgy dossier and the nature of Blair’s ambition (see David Owen’s The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair & the Intoxication of Power 2007) and relationship with George W. Bush the UK would not have gone to war.
In A Few Good Men (1992), Rob Reiner’s ‘courtroom drama with a contemporary edge’, Col. Nathan Jessup bellows ‘You cant handle the truth’ at Lt. Daniel Kaffee in the polarized debate as to how much the people should be told. This of course is the underlying rationale of Blair’s lies to parliament. Saddam hasn’t got WMD and does not pose a 45-minute risk to the UK but he is a really bad man and we ought to have regime change and we ought to support Goerge who is going to do it anyway. If Jessup had Alastair Campbell as his Chief of Staff rather than the weak slave to tradition, honour and integrity, Lt. Col Markinson, Jessup would have avoided arrest, ignominy and dishonour.
Oborne’s book was published in 2005. I read it in 2015 to gain further insight into, and understanding of, how and why we went into a disastrous war that has undoubtedly made the world a far more dangerous place. I leave aside the facile comments by reviewers that the media i.e. newspapers i.e. Murdoch also tell lies. Really? The grotesque and now ridiculous figures of Blair and Campbell have the largest entries in the 13 pages of index. In this 317-page book there is also 8 pages of bibliography, 22 pages of chapter footnotes and 2 appendices. I rely on it.
This book should be read, or re-read, as we wait for Chilcott, of which there is still no sign, to report.
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This book should have mentioned big lies from the past for instance, Edward Heaths govt...Read more