Lying tonight – and every night

Caroline Lucas has been pointing out the errors of the Prime Minister’s ways saying that she has misled Parliament by denying that her own deal to leave the EU will make us worse off than staying – when her own Chancellor agreed this is exactly so.

The Prime Minister has clearly breached the ministerial code.

Amazingly even Anna Soubry has tweeted under the No More Lies hashtag:

“Treasury Minister Mel Stride saying Govt has modelled the so called “deal”. This is NOT true as he said in Parliament today because not only is there no deal – he told us the Political Declaration is so vague it can’t be modelled

and again:

“Govt made a promise at the despatch box to publish an economic analysis of their so called “deal”. Today they broke that promise and the trust of many Conservative colleagues. The Government is indeed proposing a Blindfolded Brexit tho you can be sure it will make you poorer.”

Whilst Theresa May is no Trump, she lies almost as regularly – as Simon Wren Lewis has pointed out.

Our current Prime Minister is not only a serial liar, she created the hostile environment, the Windrush scandal, the Health Card ‘fraud’ that isn’t and really anything that promotes distrust in the ‘other’.

In doing all that she has been as insidiously and devaluingly dangerous to confidence in UK governance as Trump is in that of the US.

If the government is regularly lying then really we have elected a government that has no regard for its electorate by even considering that they will believe the untruths.

The lack of the electorate’s trust in the government is equally unsurprising when the electorate itself is held in such contempt by its rulers.

Corbyn may not be ideal, but at the very least his heart is in the right place as we see here:

We really do need rid of this dereliction of a government.


  1. Chris Bergin -

    Thank you. This needed saying very badly. Tory actions have been even worse than lies.

  2. Jennifer (aka Jeni, Havantaclu) Parsons -

    I’m starting to feel hopeless – but I must remember Harry Leslie Smith, and fight on as well as I can.
    Our Roumanian friend Mariana wonders why, with so many nice English people, our Government can be so vile. Yes, that’s the word she used – vile!

    1. Sean Danaher -

      thanks it is a good question and I like the word “vile” in relation to the Government and the recognition that most English people are thoroughly decent, honourable and good. I too feel that something is very badly wrong almost if there has been an extreme right-wing coup.

  3. Graham -

    Excellent hard-hitting post, Peter. The UK Govt has always been semi-detached from Europe and this one is no exception – David Davis hardly ever there, others having no experience of negotiating with the EU, none of them having spent any time getting to know who’s who in the EU. (How many speak more than one language, I wonder?)

    And what are these cabinet ministers doing who have not been consulted, why aren’t they creating a stink? Mind you, this is nothing new. Blair had his sofa cabinet, Thatcher her trusties.

    We’re drifting towards a presidential system, or worse, or maybe we’re there already.

    1. Andrew Dickie -

      And what is worse, a Presidential system with none of the “checks and balances” of the American Constitution, where, for example, a President had to submit his (hopefully some day, her) Cabinet nominees to Congress for approval.

      Betsy de Vos, Trump’s appalling Education Secretary, only got through on Vice-President Pence’s casting vote as Chair of the Senate, while May can swap her Cabinet members in and out at will, as well as being able to elevate (perhaps that should be “lower”) some of them to the Lords to strengthen her hand.

      The truth is that we are still ruled by a monarch, only this is ideally Parliament as a body, but far too often is the Queen’s Ministers exercising the still untrammelled “Royal prerogative”.

      1. Jennifer (aka Jeni, Havantaclu) Parsons -

        An excellent reason for the present monarch to be the last. The twenty-first century has no room for feudal relics.

  4. Ivan Horrocks -

    Much as I hate May, Peter, and agree that she’s a regular liar, she compares to Trump only in that one regard (and we must recognise that nearly all politicians when in government lie or at the very least are ‘economical with the truth’ on a regular basis).

    For example, in the run up to the Mid Term elections in the US Trump lied 170 times in one week, with a total of 815 false claims in that period. And as Daniel Dale of The Star goes on to note, (he’s been keeping a regular count since Trump became president) the frequency of Trump’s lying has also ratcheted up: ‘He took 343 days to utter his first 1,000 false claims, 197 to utter his second 1,000, and just 92 days to utter his third 1,000.’

    I doubt May will ever come anywhere near these numbers, nor indeed will that other well know liar and routine maker of false claims, Boris Johnson, though no doubt that might change with regard to Johnson if he ever gets to be leader of the Tory party and/or PM.

    1. Peter May -

      Agreeed – she is no Trump – but her sheer gall in mentioning the Brexit dividend when the Statistical Office I think it is has already said there isn’t one is particularly brazen for a Prime Minister, who undoubtedly have been economical with the truth in the past, but in a much less cavalier fashion.

  5. John Q -

    Esther Mc Vey’s nickname on Merseyside (amongst others) is often Eva Mc Vile.
    Quite appropriate perhaps?

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