Few people can be surprised that the CPS will not be prosecuting Tory MPs and agents for failing to correctly declare their elections expenses. This is a serious blow for democracy in the United Kingdom, which continues to operate the archaic First Past The Post system to elect its legislators. It is well known that the Conservative Party is awash with money from shadowy donors, who are themselves drawn from the 1%.
The BBC only really started reporting the story in its television and radio news when it appeared certain that no charges were to be brought. Now, one could suggest that this was a non-story and that is the reason the BBC avoided it. However, The Cat would narrow his eyes and say “nonsense”.
The response from the Tories was predictable and shrill. Patrick McLoughlin, the Conservative Party chairman claimed “false and malicious claims” were made about his candidates on the Internet and added:
“After a very thorough investigation, we are pleased that the legal authorities have confirmed what we believed was the case all along, that these Conservative candidates did nothing wrong.
“These were politically motivated and unfounded complaints that have wasted police time. We are glad that this matter is finally resolved.”
Make no mistake, if Labour or Green candidates had been accused of falsely declaring their election expenses, the Tories would have made a lot of noise. Hypocrisy much?
Karl McCartney, the Tory candidate for Lincoln, said: “This whole saga amounts to no more than a politically-motivated witch-hunt.” You clearly don’t know what a witch hunt is, Karl.
Jeremy Corbyn told BBC: “I am interested and surprised by it. We will have to look at the details.”
One case, that of Craig McKinlay in Thanet South, remains in the hands of the CPS. There could still be prosecutions.
Democracy is for sale.
EDITED TO ADD; 10/5/17 @ 1612
Tory Party chairman, Patrick McLoughlin, has threatened to sue anyone on the Internet, who he claims have made:
“A number of false and malicious claims continue to be spread on the internet. People should be aware that making false claims about a candidate’s personal character and conduct is an electoral offence, as well as being defamatory.”
Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads was forthright:
The Tories are bullies (qv. Lucy Allan, Mark Clarke, Grant Shapps et al) and will threaten anyone that speaks up with the courts. Why? Because they have the money and money talks. The legal system doesn’t work for the majority; it works for those that have the money, power and influence.
To McLoughlin, I’ll say this: come and get me.