“..the fashion of lying has almost fallen into disrepute”
Wilde lived at a time when the political classes did not do “Today” or “Newsnight”. They hid away and pronounced from on high. There was no justification, no obfuscation, no flicking the mirrors and no spin doctors. Indeed he wrote:
They never rise beyond the level of misrepresentation, and actually condescend to prove, to discuss, to argue. How different from the temper of the true liar, with his frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind.
I believe politicians have moved on since then, for, in the glare of instant media, they do indeed lie and lie with “superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind.”
We are referred to, by Spin Doctors, as “the reality based community”. They have what they call a “narrative truth”, which is what they want you to believe, not what the reality is.
It is almost impossible for me to exaggerate my disdain for the lies that led us to the war in Iraq and yet, the “narrative” is a daily diet of untruth. “Disdain of proof” is particularly apparent with Gordon Brown. He quotes figures that slew reality, he buries the bad news and refuses to face the simplest of contradictions in his own “narrative”.
Honesty, I believe, is a sword that can conquer many of the evils we face. Honesty may have prevented the deaths of children in care. Honesty may have prevented war in Iraq and honesty may have mitigated our present financial troubles.
Lies are shit.