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.
|Title of host publication||Political Communication in Britain|
|Subtitle of host publication||Campaigning, Media and Polling in the 2019 General Election|
|Editors||Dominic Wring, Roger Mortimer, Simon Atkinson|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2022|