Why is it that lying is the dominant ethos of public service these days?
Why dear lady, they don't lie
, they merely present an image of the truth that takes into account all necessary considerations for the successful and smooth transfer of appropriate information towards and between the individual and government, taking into account the incidental need to be aware of the necessary consideration for interdepartmental and intragovernmental pursuit of much greater truths that may sometimes require a humble civil servant such as theirselves to regretfully present an image that, whilst still entirely an image of the truth as presented, is not necessarily the image of the truth that the public believes it should be presented yet which is, nevertheless, the image of the truth that they need to be given and that it behooves the public to understand that the full image of the truth as it is perceived as necessary to be presented at a suitable future juncture shall be so presented, taking in to account all possible outcomes, understanding the balance between need, desire and necessity, in the fullness of time.
... at which point Bernard usually says something silly and the audience laughs. Oh such joy.