Friday, November 5, 2010

Stop press: Politician lies to get elected

This is the extraordinary finding of the UK's 'election court' - which I'd never heard of - which has ejected Phil Woolas from parliament for, basically, demagogically slurring his opponent. While not quite from the manual of ethical politics, what Woolas did doesn't actually seem too far removed from the everyday nastiness of competitive electoral politics. Since it is not credible that Woolas is the only politician in 99 years to have unjustly cast aspersions on his opponent's character, this suggests a new electoral activism from our judges.

I'm now looking forward to the High Court invalidating the elections of the entire parliamentary delegation of the Liberal Democrats for lying about abolishing tuition fees.