Misrepresentation of the People Act

Misrepresentation Of The People Act

Misrepresentation of the People Act

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The Misrepresentation of the People Act is a proposed Act of Parliament in the UK. The Bill had its First Reading on 17 October 2007; its Second Reading and first vote was on 19 October 2007, so far 37 of 646 MP's support the bill. The Bill resulted from The Ministry of Truth, an 11 October 2007 BBC television documentary by Richard Symons in the Why democracy? season. Various experts in the field of politics were asked about the possibility to legally prosecute politicians for lying (in their function), so they could be barred from ever representing the people as politicians again. Various members of parliament were asked if they would put this act before parliament, and one agreed, Adam Price. Many others agreed to the principle, but not the method. The original 'cheeky' title had to be adapted and the full title became A Bill to create offences in relation to the publication of false or misleading statements by elected representatives; and for connected purposes. The content was, however, left largely intact.

The documentary started with four principles:
  • We, the people, are sovereign
  • We grant this sovereignty to our elected representatives in parliament (we are their employers)
  • Our elected representatives have a fundamental obligation to be honest
  • We are entitled to formal legal independent redress
Among the interviewees, there was general consent to the first three points, but not the fourth....
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