We should in broad terms to be able to agree on a few primary facts about any situation, what those facts mean is a matter of public debate, that's the nature of things. But when a senior politician turns up and tells a bare faced lie on national TV that crosses the mark off acceptability.
Ed Balls is not fit to be in public office. Its high time the gloves came off and we started thinking about the Icelandic solution to politicians of whatever party or persuasion who brazenly betray the trust of the electorate and the duty of care that comes with it.
Legally binding manifestos should be a big step in that direction, then maybe these shysters will think a little harder before speaking or trying to bribe us with our own money.
In my day to day life, when someone tells me a direct lie, then I never ever deal with that person again, maybe a few journalists should try it.