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Sack the APE not Ken

This story shows the absurdity of having a system of rules that means that politicans can be "unelected" for being rude. The decision as to whether a politician remains elected should be primarily that of the electorate. It is true that efforts should go into preventing conflicts of interest. However, the current system does not actually work to prevent the mild levels of corruption that are developing in various parts of the public sector.

I will provide the evidence at a later stage for aspects of this.

What the Code of Conduct and associated bureaucracy does do is to protect the bureaucracy against whistleblowing and challenges to bureaucratic decision whilst penalising politicians for being human.

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James said…
What's most unfortunate is that GLA Lib Dem leader Graham Tope appears to support the review.

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