Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Election Courts

Phil Woolas has lost his appeal against the Election Courts' ruling that he lied and stirred up racial tensions in order to win the close run election for Oldham East and Saddleworth. He has been stripped of his seat and banned from standing for election for 3 years.
To my mind it is essential for democracy that candidates face the wrath of the law if they lie and deceive. Otherwise votes are cast on false information. This is the first conviction for 99 years, perhaps we should encourage more.
In a similar vein, I would also like to see the media held to account for lying. In this previous post I outline how it could work.

1 comment:

About Interactive Democracy said...

Phil Woolas has relinquished his fight and a by-election will be held on the 3rd of Feb. 2011.