The Professors passion for "The Science of Deceit" started here...

Employed by the Ministry (in a covert capacity) to help introduce the law ending dishonest politics, you can see his hand all over the posts of past.

Current political circumstances have forced him to reveal himself and as we speak, MPs are signing up to re-introduce The Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill for debate with over 80,000 voters supporting them.

Posts before Jan '08 are purely for the record (with hindsight they make fascinating reading). Posts after May 13th mark the Professor's return.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Progress report/Do you trust the police ?

As previously mentioned, much to report on behind the scenes progress at Westminster.

Much as we'd prefer transparency, we're honour-bound to keep schtum until absolute clarity and confirmation has arrived. In essence, it would appear one of the major parties is on the way to supporting the Bill with some re-drafting. Very, very exciting, however...

Their primary concern is - if you give the public the ability to instigate criminal proceedings, you're effectively giving the courts power to prosecute elected representatives. We never had a problem with this, we trust the courts more than we trust Parliament to police itself and in any case there are plenty of other areas where courts hold sway over Parliament, it's members and it's sovereignty (the European Court, Cash for Peerages, 1916 Prevention of Corruption Act etc.).

That's when they dropped the big one... if it's a criminal offence it'll end up in a courtroom via the police... so, do you trust the police ?


This writer has had the pleasure of dealing with the constabulary at different levels of the food chain. The bottom trawlers have invariably been a disaster, leading to dealings higher up where things have normally been straightened out in a more reasonable fashion.

Which begs the question, "what is the best mechanism for refering deliberate deception by elected representatives to the courts ?". Answers on a postcard please.

We're looking at a couple of weeks before answers on this. In the meantime, posting will be sporadic whilst your humble servant attempts to take a little time off.

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