The lies from Johnson & his Gov’mnt led this country into the current mess. STOP THE LIES!

The lies from Johnson & his Gov’mnt led this country into the current mess. STOP THE LIES!

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Jan Pennifold started this petition to UK Parliament and

This country has been badly let down.  There is no system in place to stop Liars like Johnson from misleading the Country.  The current parliamentary system relies on MPs being honourable and trustworthy. But when they are not - like Johnson - there is no system for calling out their lies.  We now all know that Johnson is a serial liar and as a consequence trust in this Government has been lost. This is an extremely dangerous place for a country to be in. We need to make sure this can never happen again. 

By lying,  MPs are stealing our Democracy because they are effectively robbing us of our ability to make informed decisions when we vote. Currently The Speaker of the House is only responsible for ensuring that MPs comply with the rules of The House, not the content of what they say.  In order to protect our Democracy we need the system to change so that The Speaker is able to hold MPs to account when they lie in Parliament.

I was brought up knowing that lying is wrong and instilled this into my children. This is the case in most families, schools and subsequently workplaces.  Imagine what would happen to a Doctor for example if he/she lied to a patient? Even in advertising there are standards which prevent lies or false claims being made. However, over the last few years lying by some MPs and particularly our PM has become rife but there appear to be no consequences.  I know hyperbole and obfuscation have always been commonplace among MPs but the outright lies that now abound are impacting significantly on our Democracy.  We should be able to trust our MPs and especially our PM to be telling us the truth.

The Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament cites 7 General Principles of Conduct. These include Honesty, Integrity and Accountability.  All three of these are sadly lacking at the moment among some MPs and particularly our PM but they are getting away with it because there appears to be no system in place to stop this.

Johnson is lying on a regular basis. For example he is reported to have lied to Andrew Marr on Sunday 3rd October 2021 https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnsons-andrew-marr-interview-25126485

Johnson also lied in his Tory Conference Speech a few days later stating 7 things which were either lies or misleading https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/7-things-boris-johnsons-tory-20387530

Peter Stefanovic, a lawyer has posted a video of some of Johnson’s lies. This has had more than 40 million views https://twitter.com/peterstefanovi2/status/1445746256853168139?s=21

There is also  a website exclusively listing Johnson’s lies.   https://boris-johnson-lies.com/

How embarrassing is it for us British people to know that the elected leader of the U.K. has lied to such an extent that there is actually a website and a video dedicated to his lies? How many of us believed his lies sufficiently to influence how we voted??

In March of this year Johnson was accused of lying in Parliament to MPs over Labour’s position on NHS funding. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House stated, “All members should correct the record if they make an inaccurate statement to the House.”   However Johnson has taken no notice and his lies still abound. Johnson has effectively broken The Ministerial Code by lying but under our current system nothing can be done to stop him.

I have written to The Speaker of The House in the hope he would be able to call out the lies told in The House of Commons.  However, I was told “It is long established that the Speaker is not – and cannot be – responsible for the content of ministerial answers. Erskine May  paragraph 22.7 states: “The Speaker's responsibility for questions is limited to their compliance with the rules of the House. Responsibility in other respects rests with the Member who proposes to ask the question, and responsibility for answers rests with Ministers.”

I was also told, “If your local Member of Parliament felt that a Minister had been deliberately misleading, as opposed to inadvertently mistaken, they could table a substantive motion criticising the conduct of that Minister and seek to initiate debates on the detail of the Government policy in question, as well as tabling questions to pursue statements madeat the dispatch box.”

However, I know that this rarely if ever happens. Certainly my MP simply toes the party line and as far as I am aware has never stood up to expose the lies being told. When Dawn Butler called Johnson a liar she was ordered to leave the House of Commons. It seems to me that it is more important in the House of Commons for MPs to keep calling each other “Honourable” rather than worrying about truth and honesty. 

I was told in the communications I had with The Speaker’s Office that because Erskine May does not permit The Speaker to call out lies, that it cannot be done.  That to me is not a satisfactory response

Just because a system is not in place now, does not mean one shouldn’t be put in place. In every other walk of life, when a system is found to no longer be fit for purpose, we change it. So why can it not be changed in what is arguably one of the most powerful and influential places in the U.K.?

In conclusion therefore - I believe The Speaker of the House should be given the authority to call out lies told in The House of Commons. Any MP who has lied or deliberately given misleading information should have to publicly apologise and set the record straight.  This surely is what happens in other professions, so why not with MPs in The House of Commons - the so called Bastion of our Democracy?

I also believe the Speaker’s authority should be extended to ensure that the PM actually answers questions asked of him. PMQs has become a national embarrassment with Johnson rarely answering any questions asked of him.

 

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