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Oliver Crangle
2014-10-31 22:40:35 UTC
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Most People Think Politicians Are All Liars

Press Association
Posted: 14/04/2014 09:21 BST
Updated: 14/04/2014 09:59 BST

Trust in town halls is almost twice as high as in Parliament but most voters believe politicians at all levels in England are liars, research has found.

Westminster's reputation is in the doldrums after years of expenses scandals and sleaze claims and only 36% of adults have faith in the system compared to 64% for local councils, according the IPPR North think-tank.

Just 15% of voters believe that Government ministers tell the truth most or all of the time, compared to 24% for MPs and 28% for councillors, it found.

Voters most closely identify with their local area rather than Britain as a whole and 39% of people living in England think that local authorities should be given more powers, it added.

The think-tank argues that it is now time to devolve more power to the English regions following the transfer of many powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Director Ed Cox said: "Local identities are important and, alongside the rise in Englishness, we are also witnessing an even stronger attachment to local places. We're now more Essex than English, Brummie than British.

"People feel more able to influence decision-making locally than they do at the national level and so giving more powers to local areas would appear to be an important way in which people can reinvigorate local democracy.

"Local attachment is felt strongest outside of London and the South East and translates into calls for more powerful local institutions. The UK Government has now offered new powers and institutions to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, where social and political identification have been strongest, but this should not be the end of the story.

"The Scottish referendum later in the year is already shining a light on the so-called English question; central government should now listen and respond to the public appetite for more powers for the city-regions outside London."


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Google Could Help You Fact Check Candidates During Debates, Will Show You Their Own Quotes


Alan Henry
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Google Could Help You Fact Check Candidates During Debates, Will Show You Their Own Quotes

If you've watched the presidential debates and wished that you could quickly fact check the candidates' statements, Google can help. Search results will now float candidates' own words and quotes, right next to information on how to watch and keep up with what they're saying now.

Google's tweaking its search results to include some of those useful results as soon as you search for a candidate or a debate. For example, if you search for "Fox News Debate," you'll see quotes, photos, and social messages from the candidates in real time, along with trending results from other sites. In a post at the Official Google Blog:

Now people will have a new way to hear directly from candidates themselves, in real-time--right in Google Search results. This experimental feature helps voters make more informed choices, and levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate. By publishing long-form text, photos and videos throughout the debate, campaigns can now give extended responses, answer questions they didn't get a chance to on stage, and rebut their opponents.
In email, a Google rep explained that you'll be able to read additional information from candidates based on their statements, including freshly published posts and photos that give them a chance to elaborate on a point they didn't have time to talk about, but also read prior statements and posts they've made on trending topics. Google will also highlight trending issues, social rankings, and more via Google Trends to help you dig into those statements, or a candidate's stance on an issue you care about.

All in all, it's a great way to stay informed not just on what political candidates are saying, but also what the conversation around their message looks like.

Update: This piece has been updated to reflect that Google itself will not be providing the fact checking. They won't be doing third-party verification of candidates' statements, and they aren't promising to float information that highlights a candidate's contradicting statements. The headline and the text have been changed to reflect this.

New Ways to Stay Informed About Presidential Politics | Official Google Blog via The Next Web


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Oliver Crangle
2016-06-14 02:27:54 UTC
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Most People Think Politicians Are All Liars
Press Association
Posted: 14/04/2014 09:21 BST
Updated: 14/04/2014 09:59 BST
Trust in town halls is almost twice as high as in Parliament but most voters believe politicians at all levels in England are liars, research has found.
Westminster's reputation is in the doldrums after years of expenses scandals and sleaze claims and only 36% of adults have faith in the system compared to 64% for local councils, according the IPPR North think-tank.
Just 15% of voters believe that Government ministers tell the truth most or all of the time, compared to 24% for MPs and 28% for councillors, it found.
Voters most closely identify with their local area rather than Britain as a whole and 39% of people living in England think that local authorities should be given more powers, it added.
The think-tank argues that it is now time to devolve more power to the English regions following the transfer of many powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Director Ed Cox said: "Local identities are important and, alongside the rise in Englishness, we are also witnessing an even stronger attachment to local places. We're now more Essex than English, Brummie than British.
"People feel more able to influence decision-making locally than they do at the national level and so giving more powers to local areas would appear to be an important way in which people can reinvigorate local democracy.
"Local attachment is felt strongest outside of London and the South East and translates into calls for more powerful local institutions. The UK Government has now offered new powers and institutions to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, where social and political identification have been strongest, but this should not be the end of the story.
"The Scottish referendum later in the year is already shining a light on the so-called English question; central government should now listen and respond to the public appetite for more powers for the city-regions outside London."
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