What if you could sue a politician for lying to the public?
Who would be first in the dock?
It must be a popular idea, at least in the UK, since Marcus Ball was able to crowdfund over £270,000 to sue Boris Johnson for lying about the effects of Brexit.
Now, a Magistrate’s Court in London has subpoened Johnson to appear for trial. Ball is a “Private Prosecutor” which permits citizens to file criminal charges if they pay for the prosecution themselves.
Crowdfunding is a way to do it – his page is seeking £500,000.
The prosecutor claims that Johnson made an allegedly fraudulent claim that appeared on the Vote Leave’s buses that the UK sends £350 million a week to the EU when it could be spending this money on its National Health Service instead.
Johnson has indicated that he plans to compete to be the next Prime Minister after fall elections.