Can Boris Johnson go to prison for telling lies?

Should politicians and others holding public office go to prison for making fraudulent claims to the general public?

Mr. Marcus J Ball, who has founded Brexit Justice, thinks that he has strong enough legal case against Mr. Johnson to proceed with a powerful legal team to prosecute criminal charges against Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Bell claims the following :

“During the EU Referendum elected representatives and campaigners repeatedly claimed that the UK ‘sends’ or ‘spends’ £350 million a week or £20 billion a year on EU Membership. This is not an accurate claim according to the Treasury, Office for National Statistics and UK Statistics Authority.

I felt that many of the people involved were intentionally lying to the public about how their money was being spent. I considered this a betrayal of public trust and an abuse of the duties of an elected representative. When politicians lie democracy dies…”

Mr Bell is using Crowdfunding to finance this prosecution and has so far raised GBP 200 000 over a 2 year period and still needs another GBP 2 million if the case goes forward!

The English legal system is expensive and archaic, but the fact that there appears to be a legal channel to catch out public office holders who lie to the public. The activities of spin doctors and all types of media specialists who are employed to write scripts for politicians promising everything to everyone needs to be cut back.

Politicians should not be above the law if they know that the important facts they are selling are wrong or not truthful.

Mr. Bell has reacted to the false information that was spread by Boris Johnson before the Brexit Referendum regarding how much the UK was paying each year to the EU. From the material now presented it is perfectly clear to Mr. Johnson that he knew that the figures he was using were wrong. The case for the prosecution is spelled out in this link.

Naturally Finnish politicians will treat this as an example of crazy UK justice, but politicians who hold public office should be accountable to the voters when speaking publicly about important matters. We have examples here in Finland about untrue statements made by the  Prime Minister that have no grounds for knowing if they are true. The SOTE reform is one good example where €3 billion in savings over 10 years in the future is being promised repeatedly by him when the government has no idea about the IT costs and the other the high administrative costs of running a reformed healthcare systems. These cost savings were based on assumptions about he planned reform over 2 years ago and since then, there have been remarkable changes to the final proposals and their timing.

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