Wednesday, 17 November 2010
lies and the lying liars etc, why the public tell them
this piece by Eric Joyce MP is vg. Hat-tip Marbury. People lie about the amount of tax they are prepared to pay, they lie about how they vote, they lie about, oh, most things really. But they are not liars. Politicians are. Well-known fact. Lying has something to do with class, and with deference (which is not what Eric Joyce is saying) and in fact people do less of it now than they used to, in certain circumstances. My mother used to lie, especially to doctors, when prescribed medicine had not been taken and she said it had, when she didn't want to treat her children in the way the health visitor told her she should, but told them she had. This was in the 1950s. She doesn't lie to doctors any more. She feels she has more power than she had then. So does lying come from powerlessness? Or from elsewhere? Discuss.