How to politely tell someone they are lying

In a recent case which went through two courts in the UK relating to a ‘fiscally clandestine organisation’, the evidence of the various ‘utterly dishonest’ witnesses was described in the following phrases which you may find useful: One witness was ‘egregiously dishonest’ and in his evidence was ‘as heroically dishonest as he is in everyday life’. The witness gave evidence which revealed that he ‘regards telling the truth as simply no more than a lifestyle choice’. Each witness was attempting to outdo the other in a ‘rich display of competitive dishonesty’. The appeal court congratulated the judge for having salvaged some objective facts ‘from the tangled web of deceit which the parties had so enthusiastically weaved when giving their evidence’.

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