"It's official: politicians just can't help telling lies."
The Observer reports the startling results of a study authored by Glen Newey, reader in politics at the University of Strathclyde and published by the government-funded [!] Economic and Social Research Council. Mr Newey is quoted as saying, in part,
When journalists or other parliamentary colleagues start to probe at that area which the Government wants to keep secret, you are likely to be pushed further and further towards the territory of lying.
I don't think there's any good way around that problem. Politicians need to be more honest about lying.
The study itself avers, "[V]oters even have a 'right to be lied to' about things where they would rather not know what had happened..."
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