Is Boris Johnson a shameless and pathological liar?
This article was written just over a year ago when Jermey Corbyn was still labour leader and Boris Johnson was sticking knives into Theresa May.
He lies about anything. He lies about his private life. He lies to his friends. He lies to his colleagues. And he has been accused of misleading the Queen.
This is a man who is so untrustworthy you would never tolerate him as a work colleague. You would never hire him as an employee. And you would refuse to work with him as your boss.
If he makes a promise, he will break it. He can be guaranteed to let you down.
We are talking about the prime minister of Britain. Today, we go to the polls to decide whether we want him to run this country for the next five years.
It will be a disaster if we put this proven and habitual liar back into Downing Street. Take the NHS. Mr Johnson swears blind that he loves the NHS and will not put it at risk by entering into trade deals with the United States.
Don’t trust a word of these assurances.
Remember that Johnson has repeatedly lied to us about the NHS throughout the campaign.
For instance, he promises to build 40 new hospitals. Yet, as numerous fact- checkers have pointed out, the truth is that he hasn’t earmarked money to build a single new hospital.
He is upgrading six. Not building 40. He also claims to be spending £34billion on the NHS which, he says, is a record sum. The truth is that in real terms he is spending £20.5billion, which is less than under Labour . Not a record at all.
When he went into Whipps Cross hospital, in East London, he lied to a distressed father when he said there was no press present.
He has lied again and again about Brexit , insisting there will be no checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
He can’t tell the difference between truth and falsehood. His claim that he will get Brexit done is the biggest lie of all.
If we leave the EU on January 31, we will be condemned to years of acrimonious negotiations.
He says that the transitional period must end by 2020 come what may. That is probably impossible.
I have voted Tory all my life. But I have become so repelled by Johnson’s endless lying that I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn when I enter the polling booth this morning.
Johnson has, of course, lied again and again about Jeremy Corbyn. He says that he wants to scrap MI5. Completely untrue.
He says that Corbyn wants to get rid of the armed forces.
He says that Corbyn will drive corporation tax to the highest in Europe. Another lie.
He says that Corbyn wants to abolish home ownership.
He says that Corbyn sided with Vladimir Putin over the Salisbury poisonings. Utter rubbish. These are all deliberate lies. Why does Mr Johnson tell them?
Because he knows that the voters would turn their backs on him if he told them the truth.
So he has told one whopper after another. And this lying policy is deliberate. Over the past week, the Tories have flooded social media with falsehoods.
I warn voters: if the Conservatives tell you anything, don’t believe them. They are lying and they are lying for a purpose.
They want to fool you into voting Tory.
This is a betrayal for British democracy.
It will be a dark day indeed if Johnson is returned as prime minister.
Don’t fall for his lies.
You will bitterly regret it if you do.
Boris Johnson’s 40 lies
1. “One of the reasons we’re having this election is a Queen’s speech was blocked.”
The speech is one of the few votes Johnson has won.
2. PM claimed he did not prorogue to stop MPs scrutinising his Brexit deal.
Supreme Court ruled he did.
3. Parliament voted to approve the Brexit deal.
No, it backed a second reading of Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
4. On prorogation: “One reason I wanted a Queen’s Speech was so we could bring back the domestic violence Bill.”
The bill had its first reading on July 16, before prorogation. As prorogation was announced, bills in Parliament were “understood to have fallen”.
5. Delaying Brexit is costing £1billion a month.
Fact-checker Full Fact says this is only when compared to a no-deal Brexit with no divorce bill. It also doesn’t include cash we get back out of the EU.
6. The Tories are building 40 new hospitals.
There will only be six unless they win next two elections.
7. Labour voted against £7,800 of tax cuts on working people.
The figure appears to be a catch-all Tory estimate of the times Labour has, for example, voted against the Budget.
8. PM denied saying police were “spaffing money up the wall” on child sex probes.
In March, he said: “£60million I saw was being spaffed up the wall on some investigation into historic child abuse.”
9. Labour will allow a Scottish independence referendum in 2020.
Labour has ruled out a referendum in 2020 and in the early years of new parliament.
10. NHS cash rise “biggest in modern memory”.
Tories are pledging £34bn in cash terms by 2023/24 – a 3.2% real terms rise. But the Institute for Fiscal Studies makes clear this is still less than it used to rise under Labour.
11. Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap MI5.
Labour’s manifesto vows to deliver “closer counter-terrorism co-ordination between police and security services”.
12. PM claimed EU rules mean kippers have to be packaged with plastic ice pillows.
EU regulation covers fresh fish, not smoked. The UK’s Food Standard Agency says food must be moved so it is fit to eat. This might require a “cool bag”.
13. “There will be no checks on goods going from GB to NI and NI to GB because we are going to come out of the EU whole and entire.”
Last week, the PM admitted there will be some customs checks for goods crossing the Irish Sea after Brexit but insisted they would apply only to items destined for the Republic of Ireland.
14. Labour will have “zero control” on immigration.
Its manifesto is more liberal but it does not mean “zero control”.
15. Labour will make corporation tax the highest in Europe.
Plan is to raise corporation tax to 26%, still below France (32%), Portugal (32%), Germany (30%), Belgium (30%), Greece (28%) and Italy (28%).
16. Blaming others for his Garden Bridge project.
It was the PM who trumpeted a failed plan for a “floating paradise” on Thames that blew £43million.
17. London’s murder rate dropped below 100 “for several years” when Johnson was mayor.
There was only one year in Johnson’s eight years as mayor where the rate dropped below 100 – 94 in 2014.
18. “There’s no press here.”
PM was confronted by angry dad at Whipps Cross University Hospital… in an exchange filmed by the BBC.
19. “We’re lifting funding for every school.”
Full Fact says there will be schools where per-pupil funding will have declined in real terms in 2020/21 compared to 2019/20.
20. Pledge of 50,000 “more” nurses for the NHS.
Just 31,000 will be new. The 50,000 includes 18,500 existing nurses who will be encouraged to stay on or wooed back.
21. “We’ve got a huge new Towns Fund which is going to be giving £3.6billion altogether.”
C4’s FactCheck says only £1.3billion is new cash. The scheme amalgamates and tops up two existing funds.
22. “After Brexit we can ban shark fin soup.”
Shark finning has long been banned in EU. There is debate on whether sales world-wide can be banned but this would be due to WTO rules.
23. He said child poverty had fallen under the Tories.
Kids in “relative low income” rose from 3.6 million in 2010/11 to 4.1 million in 2017/18. Kids in “absolute low income” rose from 3.6 million to 3.7 million.
24. “Truth matters.”
An ITV audience scoffed at PM.
25. “Melton Mowbray pork pies, sold in Thailand and in Iceland, cannot enter the US because of some food and drug administration restriction.”
Chair of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association said they are not exported to Thailand or Iceland.
26. “EU regulations stop us lowering lorry windows to help cyclists.”
The rules passed after UK opposed them. The PM knew this and said at time in 2014: “I am concerned at the position and urge the Government to embrace this issue.”
27. He blamed drunken Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
In the same Spectator article, he said the people of the city wallowed in victim status.
28. He denied affair with Petronella Wyatt.
He was sacked as party vice-chairman after insisting tabloid reports were false.
29. He claimed initiative on homelessness as mayor was “successful”.
In 2009, he vowed to eradicate rough sleeping in London. When he left office it had more than doubled.
30. He repeated a claim that as London Mayor he took 11,000 knives off the street by stop and search.
Only 4,500 were recovered.
31. In 2015, he vowed to lay down before the bulldozers to stop a third runway at Heathrow.
Was out of country on the day of a crucial vote.
32. In 2008 manifesto he vowed manned ticket offices at every train station.
He then agreed to closures to pay for a 24hr Tube.
33. “There was a (baby boom) after Olympics, as I prophesied in 2012.”
In 2012, there were 730,000 births in England and Wales. In 2013, there were 699,000.
34. He was fired for faking a quote when he worked for The Times.
Academic saw porkie in story on discovery of Rose Palace.
General election results 2019
35. “I didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate.”
A week before the Brexit poll, he wrote: “The only way to avoid common borders with Turkey is to Vote Leave.”
36. PM said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit.
He went on to delay Brexit and is still very much alive.
37. He has quit drinking until Brexit is done.
He has been spotted drinking on the campaign trail.
38. “20,000 more police are on our streets.”
He is adding 20,000 and they replace 21,000 axed since 2010.
39. He said under no-deal there would be no tariffs or quotas on EU goods.
This has been refuted by the WTO and the Bank of England.
40. Johnson says he has never told a lie.
(addendum; In politics, when someone pats you on the back they are simply looking for the place to stick the knife in).