The Rise of Political Lying

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Free Press, 2005 - Communication in politics - 317 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jessica Wilkins - Goodreads

Very insightful, even if Oborne does contradict himself at times. It is depressing though how little has changed since he wrote this around the early days of the New Labour government. Read full review

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Brilliant denunciation of the political class and the systematic destruction of truth in our public debate. Chilling. Read full review



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Peter Oborne is Political Editor of the Spectator.

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