Is Labour institutionally deceitful? I have put a poll on the side bar..please vote. Clearly this is not scientific, but I am interested to know what my regular readers think. (Don't worry, I shall do a similar poll on the Tories, so they are not going to get off either.)
At the bottom of New Labour is that terrible word, "Spin". It's news management, it is what they want us to interpret. It involves, if not lying, but omission of salient facts, often these facts are obfuscated. Fraser Nelson coined the word "Brownies" to denote the present PMs inability to be generous with the truth, for example, telling us that the election that never was, was called off so that he could "outline his vision", when everyone to everyone else it was obvious that he was going to lose.
What I mean by the question is, is that lies and deceit are the default option for Number Ten. When they have to announce something, they do not ask themselves "Are we being honest?". Instead they ask, "How will this play with the electorate?" Moreover, they do not believe in allowing us to have facts which will show them in a bad light, which makes informed dissent difficult.
But the biggest example I can think of is the Orwellian "Freedom of Information" act, which seems to be designed to do the opposite, which is to restrict the freedom of information. Had we relied upon this instrument to understand the scandal of MPs expenses, few of the major misdemeanors would ever have seen the light of day, since the "official" releases were heavily "redacted" - blanked out so heavily as to make nonsense of the information. It took the Telegraph, and Guido Fawkes to bring the truth, the terrible truth that many of our MPs are crooks, to the attention of the public. Had it been left to Number Ten and Gordon Brown, you would never have known. (Remember Michael Martin, the corrupt Speaker?)
So then, over to you.