posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 10:37 AM
The thing about this issue is what's a lie, what's accidental deception and what counts as a point of view?
Was the Iraq dossier an outright lie, or was it faulty intelligence? When an MP stands up and accuses another party of something that perhaps isn't
quite true, is that a point of view and therefore acceptable (after all, democracy involved listening to other peoples' points of view) or is it a
lie because it isn't a hundred per cent truthful?
How do you define a 'lie'? Obviously, some things can be simple outright lies (for instance, if an MP says they didn't know something when they
actually did). But the truth isn't black and white - it's very, very grey and thus depends a lot about your personal interpretation of things.
For the record, if you're caught lying to the House/a Select Committee or similar, there are few other choices but to resign. What you say outside of
Parliament is a different matter, really, since it might not technically be in an official capacity (and let's face it, we all lie now and again) and
politicians have as much right to say what they like as any other person in the UK.