Introduce laws that hold politicans accountable for what they say and do.

It should be possible to charge politicians with laws equivalent to those that govern war crimes and should cover both the sorts of policy making that we have seen from this Conservative Govt over Education, playing fast and loose with financial decisions being driven by ideological bias, and the simple misrepresentation/lying to the public (making claims that decisions are evidence based when the opposite is true etc). It is frustrating to hear the evasive obfuscation of politicians when they are pressed during interviews and it would appear that a lack of fear of accountability over what they say and do emboldens them to lie to us (the electorate) and to misspend taxpayers money for their own ends. If laws that govern these things exist then they are clearly woeful and need to be reformed.

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  • Sue Fewster
    commented 2016-07-30 20:42:33 +0100
    Absolutely. Our representatives should be open and honest with those they represent: if they knowingly lie or distort truths they should be called to account.
  • Sue Fewster
    tagged this with love 2016-07-30 20:42:33 +0100
  • Roger Cherry
    commented 2016-04-08 10:51:20 +0100
    Bob, I appreciate that the idea seems a bit extreme, possibly unworkable, but Cameron’s dalliances around the truth over the past few days demonstrates the sort of contempt that is emboldened by lack of accountability (and a complicit/sympathetic press). Politicians and their advisors are confident that they are beyond the law and, in my opinion, that has to be addressed somehow.
  • Bob Crossley
    commented 2016-04-04 14:18:17 +0100
    Much as I’d be delighted to see Gove clapped in irons (or worse) this idea is just plain wrong in so many ways.

    For a start, it would demand that one government legislate in perpetuity over the actions of all other governments. So it requires a completely new constitution that abandons the conception of the sovereignty of Parliament. I think we need to talk about that idea rather thoroughly before we talk about penalising MPs for being evasive or whatever – especially in the light of the current government’s attempts to chip away at parliamentary sovereignty for their own ends with the Fixed Term Act and EV4EL.

    I could go on, indefinitely, but the idea is a total non-starter
  • Bob Crossley
    tagged this with hate 2016-04-04 14:18:17 +0100
  • Roger Cherry
    published this page in Join the debate 2016-04-03 15:04:32 +0100