Lying is the new black
The comments of a few non-political acquaintances yesterday evening on the news that a top cop has been caught speeding are revealing. Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of Yorkshire and a committed proponent of speed cameras, was caught doing 90 in a 60 zone, and already has six points on his licence. Speculating on whether the case would be prosecuted, and whether Hughes would lose his licence if convicted, it is clear that deep cynicism reigns.
"It will have been a 'training drive'. Just 'honing his skills'. He won't get done."
I find it deeply disturbing that the ordinary public's expectations of the behaviour of those in positions of authority are that lying, distortion, avarice, misrepresentation and omission are wholly unexceptional and are indeed the norm.
From Sir Ian Blair's oafish, porcine cupidity to the snortling indifference of Tony Wright MP to suggestions that there was anything wrong in selling honours, to give just two examples from the past week, the public has reason enough for this view.