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BritExit and Tony Blair’s lies

Dear Reader,

It has come to my attention that a major report into the way in which the UK parliament decided to go ahead with the second gulf war between Iraq and the US/UK. The Chilcot report is likely to be rather interesting, there is already a discussion regarding the question of “should we put Tony Blair on trial for dishonesty relating to the transition to war ?“.

Now it can be reasoned that consent obtained through fraud is not true consent, so if the UK parliament gave consent for the gulf war after having be lied to then this consent is not true consent. If we look at section 74 of the Sexual Offences Act (2003) it explains how consent obtained by fraud where “the defendant intentionally deceived the complainant as to the nature or purpose of the relevant act” is not true consent. I can also point out that the idea of consent obtained by fraud is not valid consent also appears in US law.

While the laws mentioned in the two sources I mentioned might not apply directly to Tony Blair, we can safely say that the idea that “consent obtained by fraud is not valid consent does exist in UK law”.

This may become more than just an academic question as I know that there talk of impeaching him and starting civil cases against him for “malfeasance in public office”.

Now the second example I want to consider regarding consent obtained by fraud is the referendum for the UK to leave the EU. Now we should be aware that the leave side made a large number of “wild and wonderful” promises to the British public regarding what they would deliver if the UK public were to vote to leave the EU.

Great things like 350 million pounds a week to spend on the NHS, the problem with that one is that it was made by someone who clearly does not have the power to deliver on that promise. Also the facts on which the claim were made are shall we say somewhat iffy. Even the leave side have now withdrawn this claim. I have it on good authority that the leave campaign have closed down their website, maybe this is to try to stop people checking after the vote what the “leave” campaign were promising.

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