Mishcon de Reya Partner James Libson on the perniciousness of post-truth and the ways in which the Lipstadt trial tested the truth in the courts.
What is “Post Truth”?
James Libson, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
What do you make of the phrase “Post Truth”?
Mishcon de Reya
I think it is a hateful phrase, I think it’s a justification for lying, it’s a justification for people to be able to say things that are either not true or half truths and to say that truth is a relative an unimportant matter. As a lawyer and a citizen I think it has become a hateful phrase and a hateful concept. What we’ve seen recently in the post truth society, in this vile phrase of post truth in common circulation, is a worrying phenomenon and courts are the place where truth is tested and this was a forum where truth was tested and the truth of the way in which a historian presented history that was being tested, and so I think a film that stands for truth and the way in which you establish truth is a good thing nowadays.