Liar, liar, pants on fire! With a P.S.

I don’t think I can be the only one who spits feathers when she watches a politician wearing a ‘caring’ face and plainly telling lies on television. I can smell the singed trousers, even at that distance, and it makes me so angry. Yet they lie with impunity on and on and on, and they even do it in the House of Commons which is the one place, given that they are elected representatives of their constituency and answerable to their electors, that they really should tell the truth. All of which makes me wonder how and why they are allowed to get away with it. So my granddaughter and I did a bit of Googling and it turns out that it is all to do with what is considered ‘Unparliamentary language’. We even discovered a list of words that MPs are not allowed to use in the House of Commons.

Some of the words on the list are quite comical and have fallen out of use many years ago. We found: blackguard, guttersnipe, hooligan, pipsqueak, wart and stool pigeon, but not ‘cokehead’ or ‘sniffer’. I suppose they’re too modern. But to our horror, we discovered, halfway down the list, the word ‘liar’. And another note we found on Google, explains why it is still in use: “The most prohibited case,” it said “is any suggestion that another member is dishonourable, so, for example, suggesting that another member is lying is forbidden.” But they are dishonourable, manifestly dishonourable, and the lies they tell are extremely harmful. Surely it shouldn’t be beyond the wit of the speaker of the house to find a way to do something about it, maybe even remove the word ‘liar’ from the prohibited list.

As servants of a democracy – and they are all servants, although some of them seem to have forgotten that – MPs should be open, honest and truthful. It seems to me that if what they are saying is known to be a lie, then that lie should be revealed in the House and put under scrutiny until the truth is discovered. If you don’t check a liar, he goes on telling bigger and bigger lies because he knows he can get away with it. They use all sorts of tricks to cloak what they are doing, some turn on the charm, some play the fool, but the lies are potent and harmful, no matter what they do.

How about a change Mr Speaker that would allow our honest politicians the chance to challenge a lie on our behalf?

And here’s the change, which arrived yesterday in the person of Dawn Butler Labour MP, who stood up in the House and called Boris Johnson out for being the undoubted and dangerous liar that he is. A moment of great courage, given the complexion of our current House of Commons. She should have been cheered to the echo – as well over 27 million of us out here have been cheering ever since we heard the news. But no, another cowardy custard deputy Speaker removed her from the House and left the liar in situ. She, the deputy, couldn’t have got it more wrong.

This was a moment of terrible, necessary and revealing truth, it showed up Johnson’s endless lying and the Speaker and his deputy’s inadequacy, I think it has marked a turning point in a long, scandalous episode of Tory wrongdoing.

I certainly hope so. It’s high time we had a little honest democracy in the House of Commons.

Respec’ Dawn. We’re rooting for you.

3 thoughts on “Liar, liar, pants on fire! With a P.S.

  1. I agree with every point you make, Beryl. However, this time it wasn’t the lickspittle Lindsey but the female deputy speaker who ordered Dawn from the House. Trending on Twitter yesterday was #IStandWith Dawn and #BorisJohnsonIsALiar. Tiny signs of hope but I still spoke IRL with someone yesterday who ‘has a soft spot fro Boris.’ WTAF? I used my usual list of adjectives for him: Lying, adulterous,corrupt and not fit for office but I sensed it was water off a duck’s back – feelings being more important than facts these days (sigh). Maybe I should add blackguard, guttersnipe and hooligan to my list next time.
    I would recommend to the opposition parties that at the next sitting, they stand up in turns to call Johnson and his Government liars, get ordered out one by one, and do it every day until the mud actually, finally, sticks.

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  2. Thank you very much for your comments Julia. I will correct the name of the deputy speaker who ordered Dawn from the house as I think it is important to get things right and I have to say, I think your recommendation that MPs with a bit of sense should stand up in the house one after the other to call Johnson and his Government liars and get ordered out one by one could be the possible answer to this. We certainly need some answers.

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