Lying on a mortgage application form was sanctioned by the behaviour of Lord Mandelson, who lied on his. Lying on job applications about qualifications and experience is reported to be at epidemic levels. Lying about residence, family composition, income , settlement status, intentions, past, is everywhere. New Labour has created a world where lying is universally practised to survive. Not to lie has become a privilege, almost a self indulgence by those with the means to take care of themselves. And the means to take care of ourselves has been circumscribed and withdrawn steadily by New Labour as a policy, disguised as helping hard-working families.
In childhood, lying was the worst of sins. Lying, we were taught, could be by commission or ommission, but the worst of all was 'lying knowing you were lying'. Smart answers on the lines of not knowing meant not lying were met with more severity as being 'the height of ignorance', and 'ignorance' carried a heavy burden of wilful bad manners and comportment, as well as lack of knowledge.
Speaker Martin is a roman Catholic. He knows about lying, and in just these straightforward terms. Which explains so completely why he stood before our country and our Parliament yesterday, as red-faced and ashamed, as small-voiced and as guilty, as a child. In his heart of hearts he knows what he has done. Perhaps he will find at least the courage to admit that he does not have the courage that it takes to hold the Speaker's office.