Saturday, 13 November 2010

Go, Go UK Politics

The voiding of the election of Labour MP Phil Woolas because he lied about his opponent during the spring election is the best political story I've heard. It is a story that gives me faith that the UK political system has both integrity and the ability to correct error.

The former National Union of Students president Woolas must have picked up this particular tactic from American politics: he accused his opponent of sympathising with terrorists. I have been shocked by the American influence on our political language in recent times, and it's great to see we have a system that just won't stand for it. Say something so despicable in America and it doesn't matter - you win the election so you win - in the UK we like to have a modicum of decorum.

His election has been thrown out and the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency will decide again on their representative in parliament.

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