Yesterday Damian Green had to resign from his post for having made “inaccurate and misleading” statements about porn on his computer. While he has surely been subjected to a completely unnecessary vendetta, there is no question that ministers shouldn’t be able to get away with misleading the public. Unless of course they are Brextremists. To tell the British voters during a Referendum campaign that the UK sends £350 million per week to Brussels when the true figure is less than half that is undoubtedly misleading and inaccurate. To claim that we could not veto Turkish entry into the EU was also inaccurate and misleading. And surely to “refuse to release” Brexit impact studies when you actually know that they don’t exist is…well….misleading and inaccurate.
What’s the difference then? It can surely only be this. Damian Green’s misleading statements related only to himself – almost nobody else was impacted by them; whereas the Brexiteer lies changed the fate of around 60 million people for the worse.
So now we know. When you lie about yourself, you have to resign. When you lie about Britain, you get promoted. Isn’t politics wonderful!