As Sunny Hundal reports, it looks as if the no campaign will get away with this crude deception. Neither the Advertising Standards Authority nor the Electoral Commission will take responsibility for ensuring that campaign adverts are true. People will vote in May on the basis of false information.
It would really rather screw politics if campaign adverts did have to be true, wouldn\’t it?
Lefty politician: \”Companies should pay more tax!\”
ASA: \”Companies never pay tax, ever. Rejected.\”
Green politico: \”Look at all these Green Jobs!\”
ASA: \”Jobs are a cost of a plan, not a benefit. Rejected.\”
Righty politician: \”We will repatriate powers from Europe!\”
ASA: \”Going to repeal the European Communities Act then? Rejected.\”
Hattie: \”The gender pay gap is 22%\”
ASA: \”12%, rejected\”.
All politicians : \”Vote for me, I\’m an honest man!\”
ASA: \”Rejected as soon as we can stop laughing.\”