Lying in British Parliament rarely draws liability

One reason for this curious approach is a matter of historic principle.
One reason for this curious approach is a matter of historic principle.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Procedures in the British Parliament - which usually serve as a model followed by legislatures in many former British-ruled territories including Singapore - make it extremely difficult for a member of Parliament to be charged, let alone punished for lying in the parliamentary chamber.

This may sound as a curious approach, since the matter of trust and accountability are often listed as the foundation of a parliamentary democracy, and lying in almost any other activity is considered a serious criminal offence.

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