Here’s the truth. It’s hard to lie as a politician because everything we say is subject to enormous scrutiny – we’ll get found out even if we wanted to lie in the first place. But politicians know the lies a lot of people live and they pitch to you accordingly. There’s a lot of lying going on, for sure. The letters-page paragons are right in that respect. But they might want to reflect on who is really doing the lying.
He’s largely right. But really, they do lie, because they don’t challenge us on the lies and stories we create (to wit, Gordon Brown and Labour’s dealings with Gillian Duffy), and because they’re fairly confident that we won’t call them on it, because they’re telling us lies the majority of us want to believe.