It would seem a 'bit of a spat' has developed between Fraser Nelson of the Spectator and Ed Balls of the Government.
John Rentoul of the Independent has weighed in suggesting that the use of the word 'lie' is uncalled for.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary definition of the word 'lie' states: 'an intentionally false statement'.
In other words, if something is said that is not true, or not entirely true and it is done to deceive then the person so doing has told a lie.
So what is the problem, JR?