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The Rise Of Political Lying

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 3rd 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 ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by Simon & Schuster
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Nick
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant denunciation of the political class and the systematic destruction of truth in our public debate. Chilling.
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was written in 2005 by political journalist Peter Oborne as the British 'New Labour' government was drawing to the end of its second term and about to win its 3rd term.
Political lying has taken place throughout the centuries. In the UK, it started to crank up with the Conservative governments of the 1980s and from the mid-90s, was elevated to an art form under the Blairite 'New labour' government. Now, of course, some 13 years after the book was written, political lying by government
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Tim
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good collection of modern political lying, focusing very much on the "new Labour" government that was still in power when it was published.

It has a couple of foibles: Oborne seems convinced that Blair's Labour were the first government in modern times to lie systematically. This seems naive (irrespective of the author's political sympathies, which I guess are conservative since he was a Spectator journalist at the time).

He drags in a bit of history and a bit of philosophy, appositely enough,
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severyn
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Oborne is so enormously precise in his dissection of political lying that I cannot help but be drawn to it.
Jessica Wilkins
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Steve
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read long ago. V good
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