On truth and trust

When lies corrode the foundations of democracy

The so-called ‘Partygate’ scandal has convulsed British politics, led to a police probe and damaged the standing of the ruling Conservative Party. It has also prompted a former prime minister to warn of the dangers of lies and the loss of trust in public life.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and officials broke lockdown laws and dreamed up brazen excuses, says former British prime minister John Major. PHOTOS: AFP
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