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The Lies of the Land: A Brief History of Political Dishonesty

The Lies of the Land: A Brief History of Political Dishonesty (Hardback)

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Trust in our politicians is at an all-time low. We're in a "post-truth" era, where feelings trump facts, and where brazen rhetoric beats honesty. But do politicians lie more than they used to? And do we even want them to tell the truth?In a history full of wit and political acumen, Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen dissects the gripping stories of the biggest political lies of the last half century, from the Profumo affair to Blair's WMDs to Boris Johnson's GBP350 million for the NHS. Covering lesser known whoppers, infamous lies from foreign shores ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), and some of the resolute untruths from Donald Trump's explosive presidential campaign, this is the quintessential guide to dishonesty from our leaders - and the often pernicious relationship between parliament and the media.But this book is also so much more. It explains how in the space of a lifetime we have gone from the implicit assumption that our rulers have our best interests at heart, to assuming the worst even when - in the majority of cases - politicians are actually doing their best.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical corruption Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 07/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781786492494  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Adam Macqueen has worked at Private Eye on and off for fourteen years. He was assistant, deputy and finally acting editor of The Big Issue between 1999 and 2002. He is the author of the acclaimed bestsellers The Private Eye: The First 50 Years and The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets.

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