From London daily News Line:
Friday, 6 April 2007
Never mind the claimants – use lie detectors on the politicians
[Tony Blair’s] WORK and Pensions Minister John Hutton said yesterday that lie detectors will be used to help root out benefit cheats in job centres later this year.
Once again the Labour government is setting out to criminalise a big section of the working class.
This is for the sole purpose of cutting the amount paid out in benefits by giving minor civil servants the power to terrorise and condemn people to hunger by refusing a benefit claim because they think that they have detected something unusual in the tone of a person’s voice.
The millions that will be saved by framing up large numbers of claimants as liars will no doubt be transferred to the rich as is the Labour government’s policy, through tax breaks and tax cuts.
The hypocrisy of ministers like Hutton knows no bounds. They oppress the poor in order to fatten the rich.
If they were serious about the unmasking of liars and cheats they would make lie detector tests mandatory every time a government minister opened his mouth.
Every time a minister draws up some dodgy dossier or other, or even makes an election manifesto pledge, a lie detector should be on hand.
And what about the cash for peerages scandal! Lie detectors would be invaluable when the police question the Prime Minister and his top advisers.
In fact, already, one adviser has complained that another lobbied her to lie in her deposition to the police.
See also here.
Even ex Blair supporter Ian Williams does not like the lie detector plans.