Appearing on ITV, the prime minister was asked whether he could look the presenter “in the eye” and say he had never lied in his career – spanning back to 2001 when he was first elected as an MP.
“Absolutely not, absolutely not,” Mr Johnson replied. “I have never tried to deceive the public and I’ve always tried to be absolutely frank.”
Well, we all know that’ a load of bullshit. Here’s some proof.
£350 million for the NHS
The UK’s statistics watchdog has delivered a public rebuke to the Vote Leave campaign for continuing to claim that EU membership costs the UK £350m a week.
Given the high level of public interest in the European Union referendum debate, it is vital that official statistics are used accurately, with important caveats and limitations explained.
The UK Statistics Authority is disappointed to note that there continue to be suggestions that the UK contributes £350 million to the EU each week, and that this full amount could be spent elsewhere.
As we have made clear, the UK’s contribution to the EU is paid after the application of the rebate. We have also pointed out that there are payments received by the UK public and private sectors that are relevant here. The continued use of a gross figure in contexts that imply it is a net figure is misleading and undermines trust in official statistics.Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority
40 new hospitals
The government is only reconfiguring six new hospitals rather than building 40.
In its latest announcement, the government has committed the money to upgrade six hospitals by 2025. Up to 38 other hospitals have received money to plan for building work between 2025 and 2030, but not to actually begin any work.
There are no new hospitals.
20,000 new police officers
The Tories aren’t giving us 20,000 new police officers, they’re merely returning levels back to what they were nearly ten years ago.
The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by 20,600 between March 2010 and March 2019, down to 123,200 officers (126,300 including those from the British Transport Police and those on secondment).
The number of police officers in England and Wales is at close to the lowest recorded level since the early 1980s.
There are an estimated 16% fewer ‘frontline’ officers since 2010. After accounting for population growth, the number of frontline officers per person has fallen 21%.