The Rise of Political Lying

Author: Peter Oborne

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471142035

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 3903


Post-truth, fake news - when did it all really start? Being 'economical with the truth' has become almost a jokey euphemism for the political lie - a cosy insider's phrase for the disingenuousness that is now accepted as part and parcel of political life. But as we face the third term of a government that has elevated this kind of economics almost to an art form, is it now time to question the creeping invasion of falsehood? What does the rise of the political lie say about our society? At what point, if we have not reached it already, will we cease to believe a word politicians say? Tracing the history of political falsehood back to its earliest days, but focusing specifically on the exponential rise of the phenomenon during the Major and Blair governments, Peter Oborne demonstrates that the truth has become an increasingly slippery concept in recent years. From woolly pronouncements that are designed merely to obfuscate to outright and blatant lies whose intention is to deceive, the political lie is never far from the surface. And its prevalence has led to a catastrophic decline in trust, at a time when people are more politicised than ever. Rigorous, riveting and profoundly shocking, this is a devastating book about one of the single biggest issues facing us today.

The Triumph of the Political Class

Author: Peter Oborne

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471142043

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 3376


Both an extension of and a companion to his acclaimed exposé of political mendacity, THE RISE OF POLITICAL LYING, Peter Oborne's new book reveals in devastating fashion just how far we have left behind us the idea of people going into politics for that quaint reason, to serve the public. Notions of the greater good and "putting something back" now seem absurdly idealistic, such is the pervasiveness of cynicism in our politics and politicians. Of course, self-interest has always played a part, and Oborne will show how our current climate owes much to the venality of the eighteenth century. But in these allegedly enlightened times should we not know better? Do we not deserve better from those who seek our electoral approval? Full of revealing and insightful stories and anecdotes to support his case, and with a passionate call for reform, THE TRIUMPH OF THE POLITICAL CLASS is destined to be one of thedefining political books of recent years.

Republic of Lies

American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

Author: Anna Merlan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147355361X

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4003


_______ AN EVENING STANDARD ‘BEST BOOK TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019’ From UFOs to the New World Order, the inside story of how conspiracy theories won over America. In November 2017, a serial climate change denier and anti-vaxxer was elected President of the United States. The rise of Donald Trump marked the beginning of a new American epoch: the age of the conspiracy theorist. Now, Anna Merlan goes undercover in America’s sprawling network of conspiracy theorists and uncovers their secrets. She meets the UFOlogist who claims to have travelled to Mars with a young Barack Obama. She chats with the ‘pizzagate’ truthers who think Washington D.C.’s favourite pizzeria is run by a satanic paedophile ring. And she bumps into Alex Jones, the YouTube impresario who thinks the state is using chemical warfare to turn the population gay – and who happens to be on first-name terms with the leader of the free world. Merlan reveals a world of innuendo and propaganda lying just beneath the surface of US culture. It might just help explain the political turmoil of our time. _______ ‘Anna Merlan reveals that the conspiracy theorists we all once felt a little sorry for (if annoyed by) have become the masters of the universe, lodged in the White House and presidential palaces throughout the world. It’s a rich insight that makes this something more than a good book – it makes it a necessary book.’ DAVID AARONOVITCH, author of Voodoo Histories ‘To understand America you need to understand conspiracy theories . . . Merlan’s exploration into the subject discovers some timely and troubling questions.’ EVENING STANDARD

Writing and the Rise of Finance

Capital Satires of the Early Eighteenth Century

Author: Colin Nicholson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521453233

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 219

View: 9286


An original study of the early eighteenth century's financial revolution in the literature of the period.


And the Lying Liars who Tell Them : a Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

Author: Al Franken

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452285217

Category: Humor

Page: 421

View: 5032


Offers a whimsical critique of the Right, exposing their deceptive practices, challenging conceptions about the media's liberal bias, and identifying inconsistencies in the Bush administration.

How Trump Thinks

His Tweets and the Birth of a New Political Language

Author: Peter Oborne,Tom Roberts

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1786696649

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 5947


The most unusual feature of Donald Trump's nationalist and populist campaign for the presidency of the USA was his obsessive use of Twitter. Like other social media, this form of communication has often been assumed to encourage the dissemination of liberal values and the circulation of facts. Trump's tweets, by contrast, formed a constant stream of provocations, insults, conspiracy theories, 'alternative facts' and outright lies. And they helped him win power. Peter Oborne, author of The Rise of Political Lying and Not The Chilcot Report, analyses Trump's incendiary mendacity in all its bewildering guises, and shows how this fusion of entertainment and cunningly crafted propaganda has destabilized the world's most powerful democracy.

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A History of Parliamentary Journalism

Author: Andrew Sparrow

Publisher: Politicos Pub


Category: Political Science

Page: 238

View: 6609


Sparrow's account of over three centuries of Parliamentary reporting brings in literary giants such as Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens (who worked as a reported in Parliament in the 1830s) as well as covering major developments in how reporting was carried out - and press coverage.

School Inspection & Self-Evaluation

Working with the New Relationship

Author: John Macbeath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134148232

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 1897


Written for heads and teachers, this forward-thinking book examines exactly what the relationship between inspection and self-evaluation means for schools and explores some of the underpinning issues, featuring examples of best practice from successful schools. It is full of useful advice on topics such as how schools can juggle ongoing self-evaluation with OFSTED’s expectations, how to use web sources to best advantage and what can be learnt from experience to lessen the anxiety in the relationship and make it more of a friendly and formative experience for all parties. Drawing on case studies from primary, secondary and special schools, this all-round overview should be of immediate interest to practitioners while also offering students and aspiring heads and teachers a valuable source of detailed information about the processes of inspection and self-assessment.

The Liar's Tale

A History of Falsehood

Author: Jeremy Campbell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393323610

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

View: 8764


In an incisive inquiry into the nature of deception, the author of Grammatical Man offers a provocative debate about the nature of truth and ethics, the diverse faces and devices of falsehood, and the postmodern emphasis on meaning at the expense of truth. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?

Author: Blakey Vermeule

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421403106

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 6435


Vermeule draws upon recent research in cognitive science to understand the mental processes underlying human social interactions without sacrificing solid literary criticism. People interested in literary theory, in cognitive analyses of the arts, and in Darwinian approaches to human culture will find much to ponder in Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?