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Chris Grayling - the compulsive liar


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Chris Grayling: The Compulsive Liar at the Heart of Government
Posted on April 13, 2012

                                      There appears to be little agreement amongst psychiatrists as to whether
                                      compulsive or pathological lying is a genuine personality disorder, whether
                                      it is a symptom of another condition, or whether in fact, some people are
                                      just lying bastards.

                                      One thing seems clear which is if it is left untreated it can develop into a
                                      delusional state in which the individual barely knows whether they are
telling the truth themselves. For some people lying becomes the default position, and this is compounded by the
need to keep lying to maintain past deceptions.

This of course can be devastating for both the individual and the people around them. Compulsive liars may
often be little more than harmless eccentrics or pub bores, but many of them manage to lie themselves
into positions of responsibility. This is the case with Employment Minister Chris Grayling who has resorted to
ever more outrageous falsehoods, even risking his career recently by lying to the Parliamentary Committee on
Work and Pensions.

Grayling’s deceptions began way back in 2007, when he was Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. His first big
whopper was his claim that “billions of pounds are being lost to fraud” in the benefits system. This was based on
figures which showed that £2.5 billion was lost due to fraud and error in the system. It turned out that the
amount lost to fraud alone was less than a billion. Grayling has never apologised for this distortion of the truth
and has remained relentless in his attempts to portray benefit claimants as criminals. A press release issued by the
DWP just last year led to lurid and fictional headlines claiming that 75% of people on sickness benefits were „skiving‟.
Disability hate crime soared as a result.
Grayling’s decline seemed to accelerate in 2009. Back then Grayling was Shadow Home Secretary, and tipped to
be a big wheel in government should the Conservatives return to power. After a single visit to the Moss Side area
of Manchester, Grayling claimed the area was in a state of urban war, comparing it to the fictional depiction of
Baltimore in television‟s The Wire. Manchester has a population almost five times that of Baltimore, yet Baltimore
has a murder rate around seven times higher than the Northern city.
Shortly after this the expenses row blew up and Grayling did not fare at all well. At one point Grayling claimed
for two mortgages, one on his large family home in Surrey, just a short commuter trip from London, and another
on his posh flat in Pimlico. Grayling also owns two buy to let properties within the M25. In 2005 he carried out
extensive renovations on his Pimlico flat and to pay for them claimed almost close to the maximum annual
allowance for MPs. This wasn’t quite enough however and a year later he was back claiming thousands more for
work done the previous year. Had he not spread the cost over two years he would have been unable to claim the
full amount. He explained away this discrepancy by pleading that his “decorator has been very ill and didn’t invoice
me until now.”
Only a year later Grayling was at it again. This time he claimed that violent crime had soared under the Labour
Government. Grayling had deliberately chosen to ignore the change in the way crime had been recorded which
led to furious The chairman of the authority, Sir Michael Scholar, was forced to write to Grayling accusing him
of misleading the public and risking damage to public trust in official statistics.
His most famous gaffe came a month later. Grayling was recorded saying he supported this drew condemnation
from across the political spectrum with calls for his resignation. Cameron was incensed that the true face of Tory
bigotry had been revealed to the public and Grayling all but disappeared from public life until after the current
Government weren’t elected in 2010.
As ever Grayling attempted to squirm his way out of the scandal claiming: “I am sorry if what I said gave the wrong
impression, I certainly didn’t intend to offend anyone… I voted for gay rights”
No-one accused him of giving the wrong impression; we all know what the Tories are really like. reveals that in truth Grayling has voted moderately against gay rights, voting against the
initial legislation to establish civil partnerships, against fertility treatment for gay couples and was absent from
the vote on repealing the notorious Section 28.
It was upon his appointment to Employment Minister however that Grayling’s pathological deceptions really
began to take hold. An early scandal emerged over the private companies given lucrative contracts to carry out
the flagship ‘Work Programme’. Deloitte Igneous were listed as preferred bidders by Grayling and went on to
win a contract worth almost a billion pounds. Grayling had previously received a donation worth £27,978 from
Deloitte. Grayling for once remained tight lipped on the affair which Labour Minister John Robertson claimed
could be a breach of the ministerial code.
When the workfare row broke out two months ago Grayling found himself repeatedly forced into the public eye
and he began to fib and bluster like never before. It is now impossible to know whether people are mandated to
workfare for private companies on the Work Programme as Grayling says one thing yet his department claims
quite another. DWP officials have been reduced to rewriting and „disappearing‟ freedom of information requests to
cover up for Grayling’s dishonesty. Grayling claimed that under the last Government people who undertook
work experience lost their benefits when in fact (to their shame) it was Labour who introduced workfare.
Spurious claims about 20,000 young people finding work due to the Tory’s Work Experience scheme were never
backed up. He was humiliated on Channel 4 news when he pleaded to his interviewer to look into his eyes and see
that he wasn’t lying. This was in response to his claim that the Government’s Work Experience was completely
voluntary despite Channel 4 news presenting a letter from the DWP which confirmed that this was far from the
As the row deepened Grayling’s fibs became ever more bizarre. Whilst David Cameron boasted of all the new
companies who were joining the Work Experience scheme, the DWP, under Grayling, began to refuse FOI requests
asking exactly who these companies were. Blaming the resistance to workfare on an SWP plot he revealed himself to
be increasingly paranoid, at one point even accusing the SWP of hacking his email account.
Last month he deliberately ignored the number of people who successfully appealed decisions which had declared
them fit for work and stripped them of vital benefits. The DWP published a press release which dishonestly
claimed over a third of those assessed were Fit for Work, a number which omitted the growing number of
When Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind quit an advisory panel on the
Government’s Work Capability Assessment recently, Grayling’s pathetic response was to pretend he was going
to sack him anyway. Farmer had said the assessment was unfit for purpose, whilst Grayling alleged his position
was untenable because Mind were suing the DWP. According to Mind no such court case was on the cards.
And it was late last month that Grayling lied to a Parliamentary Committee when he declared there is no evidence of
anyone on the Work Programme being sent on a mandatory work placement at a private company. This was
perhaps Grayling’s most bare-faced lie yet, as despite the DWP’s attempt at a cover up, evidence
None of the other members of the committee have yet commented on Grayling’s lies, although they have been
informed. This may be down to the fact that the lazy bastards are on holiday again.
     It is clear that Grayling is out of control. The DWP is fast becoming a laughing stock whilst insiders say the
     system is in meltdown behind the scenes. With a Minister in charge who seems to be making things up as he
     goes along, it is little wonder that the no-one in the department seems to know, or even care, what’s going on

     When people lie compulsively a day of reckoning is never far away. Deceptions can only be maintained for so
     long until eventually the whole charade comes crashing down around them. Grayling has been very quiet the last
     couple of weeks. His initial swagger is all but non-existent these days. Some have claimed his career is hanging
     by a thread.

     The rows over Atos and the WCA, along with workfare, are still generating headlines. Universal Credit is a train
     crash waiting to happen. It will no doubt be entertaining to watch Grayling attempting to wriggle and squirm his
     way out of trouble yet again. You can hardly blame him. He’s just doing what’s always come naturally, and he’s
     been well rewarded by Cameron in the past.

     It is a weak leader who allows such a dishonest and malevolent influence in their ranks. Grayling has been a
     continual embarrassment to the Tory Party and Cameron has still cheered him from the sidelines. The Prime
     Minister looks unable even to control his own ministers. If a lying, cheating, scheming, money-grabbing bastard
     like Grayling is the best the Tories can come up with to ram raid through welfare reform then it reveals a party
     desperately lacking in talent. Still, with Grayling on board, at least you can’t accuse them of a lack of


1.            Dawn Willis | April 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
     Reblogged this on Dawn Willis sharing the News & Views of the Mentally Wealthy and commented:
     Saying what he means and meaning what he says…

2.            bbest | April 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
     When you list all his offences against British Citizens it‟s a wonder he is not encased in the tower of London as a
     traitor…….. And Scamerson and all the rest of the evil bastards are as much to blame by allowing it to happen.

3.            JBS | April 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
     Hasn‟t got a good track record, has he? Is this what passes for a Government Minister these days, one of the great and

4.            gwenhwyfaer | April 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
     “…at least you can‟t accuse them of a lack of imagination.”
     Except you can, because he‟s not even a very good liar – as your thorough compilation of quotes documents. His lies aren‟t
     well thought through; they tend to be reactive and easily undermined, not to mention thoroughly obvious. Precious little
     evidence of anything truly imaginative there at all.

     Excellent article, btw

5.            Paul Davidson | April 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
     Keep lying to maintain past deceptions. Yes yes yes Minister. The truth is out there. If you know what I mean.
     But he is not the only one who it seems tells lies to maintain past deception‟s. This and the fact I‟m being abused and
     grossly neglected the more I complain this along with many a provable „LIE‟. Lies deceit disinformation to their partners to
     pretend to all they are honest and supportive while in my real world I suffer in daily. One day the truth will be all out there.
     If you know what I intend.

     Those in charge of service provision and you could add the Government can do huge damage if they lie and deceive. It can
     cost innocent/vulnerable lives. But just why do they LIE. Just how easily they get away with it. But why is this so. For
     people in very important public roles.????

     Helpless Paul.

6.            ck | April 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
     He should be (deservedly) in jail,his past greed, arrogance and constant lying are beyond comprehension.

7.            Alice in Wonderland | April 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
     This Chris Grayling cunt has a lot in common with Humpty Dumpty from Alice in Wonderland : “When I use a word, it
     means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

8.            Alex Talbot | April 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
     Very well constructed piece, spot on.

 o             bbest | April 15, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
      Alex Talbot

      Sheer unadulterated liars and thieves……….
9.             UniteJon | April 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
      Another group that probably would struggle to find a good word to say about Chris Grayling is FACK (Families against
      Corporate Killers) at this group consists of people who have lost loved ones to workplace accidents
      and industrial disease. The group has made numerous attempts to meet Mr. Grayling to explain why the UK needs stronger
      health and safety laws, not weaker ones. Sadly he is habitually too busy meeting bosses who want to increase profits rather
      than the workers who face losing their lives because of safety shortcuts.

 o              bbest | April 15, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply

       Thanks for that link it is very interesting as I had never heard of them and have often wondered as far as the sick, disabled,
       and workfare are concerned they must pose a significant health and safety threat in the workplace because of their

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12.            DD | April 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      We Should realise that David Cameron may be many things but he
      is not Stupid. He is in fact the Hand Behind the Idiot. We may direct our outrage towards Grayling, as Grayling Sweats
      Blubs and Errs on TV,
      (The Mister Punch of Current UK Politics), carefully implementing the Directives from above.
      When people finally are Awakened to the Pure Evil of current Tory Doctrine, Grayling may be the one who will be
      “Spending more time with his family”
      but the hateful plans of the Tories will quietly carry on.
      I am honestly truely terrified.

 o              bbest | April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply

       I understand what you are saying as I too am afraid of where all this is going. What bothers me is there is no respect,
       empathy or compassion from these b….rds yet most have experiences of sick family members so know what it is like. If
       we are simply going to hold a view that any time after a member of society is unable to work and pay taxes anymore they
       are killed off in one way or another what sort of life can we all look forward to as nobody knows what fate holds in store
       for the future with regards illness and everyone gets old.

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14.            James | April 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
      I hate his stupid, smug and chubby face so much. Just looking at a picture of Grayling makes me nauseous.
 o              bigleyma | April 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
       Me too, James, also that of Osborne, James. I think its because we read their „microexpressions‟ of contempt, self-satisfied
       smugness and superiority >:(

                 bigleyma | April 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
        Oops, too many „James‟ there. Very tired. Off to bed >>>>

15.            bigleyma | April 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      So hope you‟re right about that „day of reckoning‟, Johnny.

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18.            Keith | July 31, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
      Typical sly reporting „billions lost to fraud and error‟, without admitting that their OWN screwups are the majority of the
      losses, and not mentioning that unclaimed benefits by those who don‟t know or understand their entitlements utterly
      dwarves the pittance being defrauded.

      „Billions lost to fraud and error‟ is up there with „Billions spent on office biscuits and the military budget‟, sure only a fiver
      was spent on biscuits, but who‟s going to read that far into the small print when the headline sounds so bad?

19.            Paul Trembath | July 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      And of course on Panorama he could say with a straight face that there are no targets for ESA assessments. There are norms
      based on “forecasts”, and ATOS won‟t let the assessors deviate from them, but no, they aren‟t “targets”, honest.

20.            A passing psychiatrist | July 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
      I hate to be a pedant (no, really).
      Grayling is not a compulsive liar, he is lying to benefit himself, which would make him a pathological liar. Compulsive liars
      often don‟t realise they are lying and their lies often don‟t have any real purpose.
      „Workcamps‟ Grayling lies in order to agrandise himself and to further his own agenda which often tends to indicate some
      form of psychopathic or narcissistic personality disorder.
      From what we know about the man, his past, his poltical beliefs and his behaviour while in office I think it would be a
      reasonable assessment to say that he has Antisocial Personality Disorder with pronounced narcissistic tendencies.
      But, of course, by way of a disclaimer, that‟s just a hypothetical assessment without access to a case history.
      However, with the damage he and is ilk have done to the NHS I would welcome the opportunity to get him in a secure unit
      for a few weeks of observation.
 o               Amy | July 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
       Can you be my psychiatrist please?! Mine has absolutely no knowledge or understanding of this kind of thing which I find
       shocking. And no sense of humour. Still, at least she‟s not talking to me. Much love xx

21.            disabilityservitude | July 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      Reblogged this on disabilityservitude and commented:
      It seems to me that it is Chris Grayling who is the feckless scrounger. I understand its been reported that he files an
      expenses claim for the sandwich he eats every lunch time. Well Mr. Grayling isn‟t it nice that the public pay for your lunch
      while your earning an large wage for telling ongoing porkies. My children are starving thanks to your departments

22.            Colin James Watling | July 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      I fear this bloody lot this Winter-I‟m looking ahead now because I know what these nasty parasitic barsteds are capable of
      because I suffered the years of the Thatcher Regime unlike some of the teenagers now-God help us all if they stay in power
      a long time.

23.            Keith | July 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
      Ironic that the patently mentally ill Mr Grayling hasn‟t lost his job, as if he was at home on benefits instead of employed in
      his current role, society would be infinitely better off.

24.            ToriesWantMeDead (@luckylove) | July 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm |Reply
      This article is poetry. It has made my day.
      I really do wish it wasn‟t true and that the people in charge of the welfare of the most vulnerable people in the country could
      know what feelings are and experience empathy. I might as well wish for the moon on a stick.

      Here‟s a blog post from Mind about someone who almost lost her boyfriend to the horrors of the Work Capability
      Assessment. It was part of their advertising of last night‟s Panorama which actually used the correct fraud figures and gave
      those who are suffering the most a chance to speak out. They had to give the pathological liar his right to reply in which he
      lied his pants off.
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26.            Paul | August 3, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
      Don‟t worry; when the government gets its way on the resignation of senior civil servants after an election, and the
      appointment of those who will push policy through, Grayling will have a department to substantiate rhe truth of his lies!!!

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28.            Ghost Whistler | August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      Excellent article. But the only thing I would dispute is that Grayling is not an embarrassment to the Tories. In fact I don‟t
      even think they care anymore how they are perceived. Grayling is pure blue through and through and they love it. Nothing
      else could explain their naked ambition regarding the destruction of people‟s lives through their war on claimants.
      If the guy came up and introduced himself to me, I‟d demand to see proof of ID, that‟s how mendacious he is.
      I don‟t just want the cunt out of government; I want him out of our society. He can fuck off to America, they love this shit
      over there.

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