Honest Politicians

Just one simple foundational proposal on ethics: Politicians should be legally compelled to be observe something like Advertising Standards in the claims they make and facts they cite ("clear, fair, not misleading"). They should be personally liable to legal sanction. One million EU Referendum voters may have been swung by blatant lies, perpetrators of which have landed plum political jobs. No wonder politics as we see it is in existential crisis and failing democracy

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  • Peter Smith
    commented 2016-08-12 20:23:08 +0100
    Why do we hold used car salespersons to a higher standard of truth than politicians?
  • Peter Smith
    tagged this with love 2016-08-12 20:23:08 +0100
  • Iain Gillespie
    commented 2016-08-12 10:42:48 +0100
    Surely the law already exists to prevent people from from making gains by telling downright lies, if there isn’t then surely there should be. Though I believe there is a protection in parliament that grants immunity from prosecution.
  • James Bartholomeusz
    tagged this with love 2016-08-01 13:34:07 +0100
  • Valerie Holden
    commented 2016-08-01 10:56:53 +0100
    Yes some kind of sanction should be on the agenda for discussion. Ensuing legals, whatever the sanction might be, could be a nightmare. I’d like to sit on a panel to talk that through! But, I doubt t’would be a bigger nightmare than not knowing whether the course of our country’s future has been altered due to cynical abuse of trust. Not just over EU referendum, but generally. Where does it leave us if those shaping the debate are allowed to be unscrupulous?
  • Valerie Holden
    tagged this with like 2016-08-01 10:56:52 +0100
  • Michael Bartholomeusz
    published this page in Join the debate 2016-07-31 08:53:42 +0100