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A new book of political lying is fascinating—but full of its own untruths

Adam Macqueen’s The Lies Of The Land is a fun, easy read. What a shame he misquotes Chesterton

By Josh Lowe   October 2017

Ukip's Neil Hamilton.

“He’s a man… whose lies ‘created a new fact: that lies were the truth and that the truth was a lie.’” It sounds like a charge levelled at Donald Trump by one of his enemies. But the allegation, reproduced in Adam Macqueen’s The Lies Of The Land, was made by a Department of Trade and Industry inspector against Mohamed Al-Fayed—long before Trump grabbed the White House.

Fayed’s insalubrious involvement with disgraced ex-minister Neil Hamilton (now leader of Ukip in Wales) is retold in Macqueen’s “potted history of…

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