I read this story on line today and it certainly got me thinking about election rules.
It appears that questions are being asked of Jo Swindon in relation to her declared election costs in her win in the recent general election. According to the Sunday Herald the MP for West Dumbarton only scraped in by £210 of the allowed spending limit set for the election.
Allegedly Jo Swindon and the Scottish Liberal Democrats are claiming that over £7000 pounds worth of leaflets and newsletters were never used and that some of the literature was of a national context. Jo Swindon is claiming that over 93,000 pieces of literature were never used during the campaign so don't get counted, that is an incredible amount of waste but then as a minister in the coalition with her friends the Tories she was accustomed to wasting money.
This accusation by the Herald comes at the same time as Alex Cole Hamilton MSP is also being investigated for alleged election fraud in his victory in Edinburgh. These incidents are starting to build a picture and must raise serious questions as to the rules for elections in Scotland and the oversight of the Electoral Commission and the rules and punishments they have at their disposal.
It's bad enough that our so called democracy is pretty knackered as it is but the conduct of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and other parties like the Tories, has to be brought into question. We are short changed enough in broken Britain and these type of stories lean towards an even more corrupt and fixed election system.
While I don't expect anything to come of any of this for Swinson and Hamilton, like it didn't for Carmichael in our fixed system, there has to come a point where enough is enough and we just don't put up with this shit anymore. Are the Scottish Liberal Democrats at it? Going by the media coverage it is starting to look that way.
It appears there is more, wonder if the unionist press will pick this up now, no didn't think so.