I have been following a little of the Conservative Party’s alleged General Election expenses issue, or what I can of it given how little it appears to be getting reported. I know that some other blogs have covered this but this is my take on it for what it’s worth.
Basically, it has been claimed that the conservative Party deliberately mis allocated money during the General Election Campaign by claiming it was part of the national campaign and not the local campaign, therefore this exspense was not included on individual candidates expenses, which would then mean they could stay below the allowed campaign limit.
This affects around 14 seats so far and is being investigated by both the Police and the Electoral Commission. This is a very serious allegation as it is an offence to not declare spending during an election campaign. The penalty could be very heavy fines and a year in prison, plus the Tories would lose their majority in Westminster and have to fight by elections for any MP forced to stand down.
You could be forgiven for thinking this is a non story as I noted earlier with neither the Labour Party nor the Liberal Democrats saying much about it either. However, it also turns out that both of those parties might have problems too with both Ed Miliband of the ‘ Ed Stone Monument ’ and the Liberal Battle Bus being in a similar vein.
So I have been asking myself, what will happen to the parties involved? My guess is nothing will happen to the parties involved. Our political system is morally corrupt and totally balanced in favour of the party elites. Craig Murray has done a small blog on the issue and some personal experience of a similar issue he had during a campaign he fought.
We have also recently had the Alistair Carmichael memo gate Court case where he was found to have lied, the judge’s ruling stated that his evidence was, “unreliable and lacked candor” … “at best disingenuous at worst evasive and self-serving”. Yet Carmichael kept his seat.
During the referendum campaign Ruth Davidson, of the Ruth Davidson I’m not really a Tory Party, breached electoral secrecy by counting postal vote’s weeks before the actual vote, a report was passed to the Crown Office and lo and behold, no charges to be taken forward.
During the expenses scandal of 2008-10 389 MPs were ordered to pay money back they wrongly claimed, of which 78 have never actually paid a penny back. Amazingly this fraud of millions of pounds only resulted in very few criminal charges being brought forward with 3 MPs going to prison for 3 or 4 months only, yet a student who stole a case of water during the London riots in 2011, costing £3.50, served a 6 month jail term.
This is just another example of being Better Together, and All in it Together with one law for one and a completely different interpretation for others. In my brief time of being interested in politics I have learned that we live in one of the most morally corrupt political and class systems anywhere in the world. Cameron might cast aspersions on Nigeria and Afghanistan but here in the good old United Kingdom anything goes for those in power and those at the top but don’t you dare swipe a bottle of water. Become a politician instead, lie and claim for money that’s not yours, and you will be fine because Nothing Will Happen, It Never Does.