“Strategic Lying”: Or How the Conservatives Dominated the Campaign News Agenda

Ivor Gaber, Caroline Fisher

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    Ivor Gaber and Caroline Fisher explore attempts by the Conservatives’ public relations operation, their ‘spin’ machine, to influence the campaign agenda. The piece focuses on the work of Boris Johnson’s influential adviser Dominic Cummings and others to shape the electoral narrative through use of what the authors call ‘strategic lying’. Such interventions are placed in context, along with reflections on the extent to which deception has come to define contemporary politics and how, in particular, this practice informed the 2019 campaign.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolitical Communication in Britain
    Subtitle of host publicationCampaigning, Media and Polling in the 2019 General Election
    EditorsDominic Wring, Roger Mortimer, Simon Atkinson
    Place of PublicationNetherlands
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030814069
    ISBN (Print)9783030814052
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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