Sunak knew he was lying when he said the UK has 20,000 more police officers. Why isn’t he gone?

Rishi Sunak: he treats Parliament as if he’s appearing in a badly-scripted community theatre. The claims are untrue but he seems to think that if he delivers them as if they were, he’ll be believed anyway.

I remember when knowingly lying to Parliament was an offence for which any MP could expect to be expelled. Sadly, under the Tories, such discipline has fallen by the wayside and even a prime minister can now get away with saying any old rubbish and getting away with it.

We were reminded of this yesterday (April 26, 2023) at PMQs:

He even went ahead and publicised this on the social media:

Here are the facts, courtesy of Peter Stefanovic:

So there you have it. Sunak is lying. Braverman was wrong.

If you enjoy watching Tories squirm, watch her having her wrongness pointed out to her by Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain:

The UK only has 4,000 more police officers, and in any case, to reach parity with previous levels of policing per head of population, the government would have needed to recruit 50,000 more police.

But they can’t, because wages have fallen 20 per cent behind inflation and morale is at an all-time low.

Still, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start to believe it, as Josef Goebbels taught the Tories.

Do you believe it?

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6 thoughts on “Sunak knew he was lying when he said the UK has 20,000 more police officers. Why isn’t he gone?

  1. Jonathan Lisle-Summers

    According to police officer chums, it takes at least three years for a recruit to become effective.
    Cameron’s Austerity cut 40,000 police service personnel, losing many many years experience. So we’re supposed to cheer them for replacing 50% of experienced officers with rookies. Chutzpah.
    40% of Courts were closed, judges’ hours were cut and a similar percentage of police stations and fire stations were closed.

  2. Hecuba

    Liar liar Rushi Sunak’s pants on fire again!!!! Lying Sunak and his corrupt fascist tory cronies should all be booted out of Parliament but they won’t because democracy is now non-existent and instead we have a bunch of crooks and rotten clowns running little england into the ground!

  3. Stu

    Goebbels did describe the big lie in an article he wrote in 1941, “Churchill’s Lie Factory”, it was also mentioned in Mein Kampf so actually it would appear that both Goebbels and Hitler were taught by the Tories……

    Somehow that just makes it all worse….

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yes, I simplified it a bit. It seems perfectly possible, to me, that the Tories were taking their lead from the Nazis, though.

  4. Dave Rowlands

    “In 2019 we promised to recruit 20,000 additional police officers”, is not the same thing as adding 20,000 police officers on the beat unless of course each recruit doesn’t need to follow any criteria that allows them to be a police officer.

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