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How Parliament walked eyes wide open into the Bob Ashford mess

Would-be Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Bob Ashford is rightly getting a positive press and sympathy from across the political spectrum today for discovering he’s disqualified from standing thanks to a £5 fine he paid 46 years ago.

It is absurd that he can’t stand. It is an absurdity that Parliament deliberately decided to enact, for the ban does not arise from unintended side effects of another measure or from poor drafting. Instead, it was a deliberate decision to introduce an unprecedented restriction on who can stand in the Police …

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    I speak as someone with a couple of degrees in production engineering. Uk manufacturing has declined in world market share because of comparatively weak quality,...
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    It's like the deep recesses of the government are in another century. Well done Miriam for not putting up with it.
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    As one of the older generation I can reassure Chris Key that before the UK joined the EEC (since become the EU) we had schools...
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    Phil Beasley. Benjamin Disraeli died on 19th April 1881. So only someone aged 140 or over could even theoretically have spoken to him. Not sure...
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    This movement is like Roy Jenkins' "experimental aeroplane", the Council for Social Democracy, which Jenkins admitted might well crash on take-off. It did a lot...
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    Tony Greaves supports the CAP. What more evidence do you need that it's wrong?
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