Honesty is the best policy

Tony Blair famously employed spin as a way of persuading the electorate to support his agenda. So in the run-up to the Iraq War, Blair successfully spun the intelligence to make it appear that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which could be deployed within 45 minutes. It was not an actual lie, but it was nothing like the truth either. David Cameron is nowhere near as sophisticated. He simply tells you what he thinks you want to hear. Before the last election, for example, when asked by David Dimbleby on Question Time if he had plans to cut … Continue reading Honesty is the best policy

Not one shall be forgotten: the lies that take us to war

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. George Orwell For the past weeks I’ve been delivering British Legion letters to the people of Whitstable. You will have seen them. The envelope shows a picture of a bunch of First World War British Tommies, kitted out ready for war, with their helmets and their rifles, smiling and carefree, on their way to the front. It’s obvious that none of them have seen any action as yet or they wouldn’t be smiling. By the end of the war most of them … Continue reading Not one shall be forgotten: the lies that take us to war