Should we make it illegal to lie in Parliament?

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Thursday 04 December 2014 15:40
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At least tens of thousands of people think we should, anyway.

A new petition-led campaign to make it so by The Revolution Will Be Televised's Jolyon Rubinstein, who once presented chancellor George Osborne with a GCSE maths book and describes himself as a "Bafta-winning pain in the arse", also has the backing of a number of famous faces - including Russell Brand, Professor Green and Jack Whitehall.

Borrowing a gesture from the Make Poverty History campaign, a video published on the petition website shows celebrities clicking their fingers as a representation of each time a politician lies.

Rubinstein explains on the petition that he does not actually want a law banning lying in Parliament to be passed but rather wants to open a public debate - particularly in light of the current distrust and lack of interest in Westminster politics.

If enough of you sign, it will send a message that we have had enough of broken promises, massaged statistics and the double speak we feel we've been subjected to over the years. Today, less than 1 in 4 people trust MPs. This can't go on.

  • Jolyon Rubinstein

You can view the petition on Change.org here

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