It is unfortunate that we now have a Prime Minister whose assertions are so at variance with the facts.
I’m reluctant to use the word ‘lie’; it’s not a word I normally use or find helpful. I far prefer to play the policy not the man. However, it is clear that we have a Prime Minister who is so careless with the truth and the facts, and whose moral compass means he is not averse to telling porkies time after time after time.
This is nothing new.
The respected Max Hastings was Editor of the Daily Telegraph when Boris Johnson was a journalist on the paper. He said:
“There is room for debate about whether he (Boris) is a scoundrel or mere rogue, but not much about his moral bankruptcy, rooted in a contempt for truth.”
This weekend, former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron said
“Boris rode the (Brexit) bus around the country; he left the truth at home.”
In the last month,
- Mr Johnson instructed his spokespersons to persistently deny that he was considering the (unlawful) prorogation of Parliament. Unfortunately for him, the government’s lawyers handed the documentary proof to the contrary to Scottish judges, showing that he had been planning it for weeks before;
- “We’re levelling up schools across the country by investing over £14 billion in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23” says the No 10 Twitter account. The increase is £4.3 billion by 2022/23 once inflation is accounted for.
- “They (Scotland) have the highest taxes anywhere in Europe” said Mr Johnson A number of European countries have higher income tax rates than Scotland.
The list is almost endless.
Then, last Friday, in Rotherham, during a question and answer session with local journalists, Mr Johnson was asked a question by a reporter from the Rotherham Advertiser.
“A few months ago, you said in a radio interview that local police forces were spaffing money up the wall on investigations into historic CSE. Do you still believe they are?”
Mr Johnson replied:
“Well, that’s actually not what I said, but what I certainly can say is all such investigations, certainly here, are extremely important.”
But, actually, that is precisely what Mr Johnson had said in March this year when he answered a question LBC Radio about police resources.
“I think an awful lot of money, an awful lots of police time, now goes into these historic offences and all this malarkey and you know £60million I saw has been spaffed up the wall on some investIgation into historic child abuse? What on earth is that going to do to protect the public now?”
Over the last three years, the UK has lost its reputation for competence.
The events of the last few weeks have made us the laughing-stock of the world.
Boris Johnson’s behaviour is rapidly losing the UK its reputation for honesty and fair-dealing.
It takes 10 years to build a good reputation and 10 minutes to trash it. Mr Johnson has already used 8 of them.