There was a time in the not too distant past when children were brought up to believe that lying was one of the most damnable sins possible, almost as heinous as murder itself. Those involved in bringing up a child, including parents, neighbours, teachers , Sunday School superintendents and the local Bobby, were consistent in embedding the message that lying was supremely bad.
Lying was a means of persuasion exclusive to crooks, cheats and vagabonds of all persuasions; the threat of eternal damnation being no deterrent for those who lived dishonest lives on the fringes of society and endeavored to take advantage of the decency of their fellow citizens.
In those innocent days nothing hurt more than being lied to, whether it was the disappointment of being taken advantage of or the realisation that a person in position of trust had betrayed that trust for their own personal ends.
As we know to our cost those days are long gone. In this modern age of the professional generic politician, lying is an acceptable means of gaining and the holding on to power. The 'ends justifying the means' extends to all political parties as they fight to impose their ideologically driven agendas.
The long suffering British people have been the victims of serial lying since the then Prime Minister Edward Heath, surrendered British sovereignty using a premeditated tissue of lies. With malice aforethought Heath and his collaborators, deceived the people, took them for fools and rendered them powerless in the face of their historical enemies and subject to a hostile bureaucracy bent on the destruction of their nation.
Lying through his teeth, Heath declared that those who feared that going into Europe would mean a loss of independence and sovereignty were completely unjustified. Heath and his political descendants have been lying to the British people ever since.
(Leo McKinstry article on EU lying here)
It is now an accepted fact that the creation of a post democratic superstate had been the intention of the politicians from the beginning with the surrendering of sovereignty to be achieved by a series of treaties. Each treaty was to be falsely promoted as a tidying up exercise or having an economic benefit with the object of creating the superstate without the people realizing what happened until it was too late.
(Fredrick Forsyth on superstate lies here)
This was lying on a monumental scale by the agenda driven political class and its like minded cronies in the establishment. It was willful deceit in pursuit of their political goals.
In the hope of a plumb position in the new superstate, a consummate and practiced liar, Tony Blair negotiated Great Britain's final surrender with the Lisbon Treaty, again claiming it was a tidying up exercise as opposed to the final nail in the coffin of the independent nation states of Europe. Blair along with Cameron and the leaders of the other two parties promised the people a referendum before its adoption.
The actual deed of signing the Lisbon treaty fell to Blair's successor Gordon Brown, a sociopath who's lies were so audacious they were an embarrassment to anyone with an iota of decency. His excuse for denying a referendum was his infamous 'red lines' which he claimed rendered a referendum unnecessary. These were a series of opt-outs which supposedly protected British interests. What they were and where they are now is a mystery.
(Red Line stories here and here)
The government at Westminster may have changed but the habit of lying to the British has not, in fact it is so embedded into everyday political discourse one has to accept that a politician is lying as a matter of course. The modern politician no longer engages in proper debate or speaks to the public as adults, they are totally controlled by media managers, spin doctors and image makers.
They talk in a series of centrally issued slogans and sound bites and are unable to respond independently to any topic relying instead on the 'line-to-take' dispensed by the duty spin doctor. Any appearances outside the remote incestuous world they inhabit is choreographed down to the minutest detail and this mainly consists of a set of contrived and often embarrassing photo opportunities.
In a desperate rearguard action to avoid defeat in the recent general election, the Prime Minister David Cameron and his then Deputy Nick Clegg took political lying to levels previously unseen. These two had zero experience in the world that normal people inhabit and live under the impression that PR and spin can fool all of the people all of the time.
Even though they know, that ever increasing numbers of people know that they are lying, they persist with their nonsense in the hope that they can fool enough people to mitigate their predicament.
Cameron continues to promise a renegotiation of membership terms despite the politicians and bureaucrats that control the EU, and therefore Great Britain, are unanimous that there will be no renegotiation, there will also be no repatriation of powers to Westminster.
He knows when he promises to curb immigration or prevent immigrant access to the people's welfare system that he will be not allowed to do this by his EU masters but he makes the promises anyway.
He also knows that any referendum on Great Britain's membership will be an exercise in deceit unprecedented in political history. In the unlikely event that the people voted to leave, Cameron's EU masters will ignore the result as they did the Irish and the Dutch.
The sad thing about the current political class is that they would get more credibility if they simply treated the British public with respect, displayed a little honesty and told the truth. The public know where the politicians stand on the main issues so they might as well stop lying and maybe, just maybe, their Creator, whoever they conceive him to be, will judge them well and forgive them for their life of lying, cheating, and deceiving the very public they have sworn to serve.
(Due to time constraints this is a re-edited post from last year)