Monday, 28 January 2008

Wendy Alexander off the hook?

I just checked the Electoral Commission's website, and apparently it is 'an independent body' whose 'aim is integrity and public confidence in the democratic process'.

Well, that's a relief. How come, then, that a Cabinet Minister, Des Browne, is in a position to say that he did not expect any more of his colleagues to be reported to the police over the issue? This calls into real question the independence and integrity of the Electoral Commission. It is appointed by the Government, and is therefore always going to be vulnerable if senior politicians are allowed to make public statements which undermine its independence.

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