British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked observers Thursday when he insisted in a TV interview that he had by no means lied in his political profession.
“I’ve by no means tried to deceive the general public, and I’ve all the time tried to be completely frank,” he mentioned in an interview on ITV News.
“I’ll have gotten issues fallacious, I’ll have been mistaken, however I’ve by no means tried to deceive folks about the best way I see issues.”
“Are you able to look me within the eye and inform me you haven’t lied in your political profession?” requested interviewer Paul Model.
Johnson responded: “Absolutely not. Completely not” — apparently which means he can look Model within the eye and say he “completely” has not lied.
Earlier this month, British journalist Peter Oborne wrote: “I’ve been a political reporter for nearly three many years and have by no means encountered a senior British politician who lies and fabricates so regularly, so shamelessly and so systematically as Boris Johnson.”
Johnson has been widely criticized for lying — utilizing “Donald Trump’s playbook” — and the media has been criticized for failing to name him out on it. Johnson’s claims, for instance, that his administration is constructing 40 new hospitals and that 20,000 more police officers are on the streets combating crime have been shot down by the unbiased fact-checking group Full Fact. He repeatedly mischaracterizes the positions of Labor chief Jeremy Corbin, who’s in search of to unseat Johnson in December. He was sacked from a minister’s position in 2004 by then-Conservative chief Michael Howard for lying about an affair.
Johnson owned up Thursday to presumably inflicting “offense” — however to not any deception.
“I’m not going to fake that in my political profession I’ve not mentioned or completed issues which have, you already know, prompted offense, that I haven’t made errors,” Johnson mentioned. “I’ve definitely made errors.”
So he can completely not inform you he hasn’t lied???
Simply what I believed.
Straight from the horse’s mouth..
— ellen schuringa 🕷 (@Paycottage) November 28, 2019