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Should Politicians Be Prosecuted For Lying? Episode 218

Niall Boylan | May 1, 2024
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    Should Politicians Be Prosecuted For Lying? Episode 218
    Niall Boylan

In this episode, Niall looks into the contentious issue of whether politicians should be prosecuted for lying. The discussion arises from a news story from Wales, where members of the Senedd, the Welsh parliament, are considering legislation to criminalize lying by politicians.

Adam Price, former leader of Plaid Cymru and a leading proponent of the legislation, argues that in a world of post-truth politics, it’s vital to hold politicians accountable for their lies. The proposed law would make it illegal for politicians to wilfully mislead the parliament or the public.

Some callers believe it’s about time we held politicians accountable for their lies. They argue that lying by politicians undermines trust in the political system and that criminalizing lying would help restore faith in democracy.

However, others express concerns about the potential chilling effect on free speech and political debate. They worry that criminalizing lying could deter politicians from speaking out on important issues for fear of prosecution.

While it’s important for politicians to be honest and transparent, making lying a criminal offence could be difficult to enforce and could lead to a slippery slope of censorship. Instead of criminalizing lying, these callers suggest focusing on holding politicians accountable through other means, such as fact-checking and public scrutiny.

The discussion on whether politicians should be prosecuted for lying revealed diverse perspectives on the complex issue. While some callers emphasized the importance of holding politicians accountable for their lies, others expressed concerns about the potential impact on free speech and political debate. As the debate continues, finding a balance between accountability and freedom of expression remains essential.




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