I know as little about the law as I do about everything else, so when I say that I find it incredible that if I use the word ‘allegedly’, I can make libellous or slanderous statements without being sued, I could be wrong. In a court of law, having promised to tell the truth, if I tell a lie I can be had up for contempt of court, and depending on the seriousness of the condition, could be sent to jail. If I don’t use the word allegedly when slandering or libelling somebody, they can take me to court in the hope of extracting damages. And yet, if one is a parliamentarian of extremely high stature, one can allegedly tell lies, if said official has decided we shall to go to war, that have far-reaching effects on the finance of the country, and the conditions of its citizens, many of whom are either killed or seriously injured, it would appear that this is a case where ‘allegedly’ is misused. It is unsurprising that reports are saying that the UK will be slower than anyone else coming out of the recession, when we have the burden of two wars to carry. There is something wrong with a system that has two standards.

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