Not Necessarily Lying
The phrase 'being economical with the truth' is understood to imply evasion, concealment or indeed downright lying - so ask yourself whether these people were seeking to mislead those to whom they were speaking?

"I haven't committed a crime.    What I did was fail to comply with the law"
DAVID DINKINS, New York Mayor, answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes'.

"I didn't accept it, I received it"
RICHARD ALLEN, Advisor to President Reagan, explaining the $ 1000 and two watches he was given by two Japanese journalists after doing them a favour

"I was a pilot flying an aeroplane and it just so happened that where I was flying made what I was doing spying"
GARY POWERS, U- 2

reconnaissance pilot held by the Soviet Union for spying, in an interview after he was returned to the U.S.

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life"
BROOKE SHIELDS, during an interview to become a spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign.

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body"
WINSTON BENNETT, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

"Outside of killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country"
MAYOR MARION BARRY, Washington, D.C.

"The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe"
FRANK RIZZO, Ex- Police chief and Mayor of Philadelphia.


"I've always thought that under populated countries in Africa are vastly under polluted"
LAWRENCE SUMMERS, Chief Economist of the World Bank, explaining why we should export more toxic wastes to Third World Countries.

"After finding no qualified candidates for the position of principal, the School Board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David Steele to the post"
PHILIP STREIFER, Superintendent of Schools, Rhode Island.

"The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing"
DIZZY DEAN, explaining how he felt after being hit on the head by a ball in the World Series.

I really like comments like these- I'm sorry these are all American.    Can anyone match or better them?

Martin Chilvers

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