A cavalier attitude

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On December 7 we heard that the sanctimonious Liberal Democrats have been found guilty of electoral fraud and fined £20,000.

So, for all their talk about how cleaner than clean they are and their concerns for the planet, they are quite happy to break the laws of this land in order to gain or retain power and influence.

Of course, they are not the only major party in the frame for allegedly breaking the same laws.

The Conservatives and Labour also have a number of cases being looked into by the police.

What it clearly demonstrates is that the laws and rules governing this topic have to be enforced more rigorously if we are to ensure a fair and honest electoral process.

This is, of course, not a new problem, but I would suggest there is more and more abuse today as there is more and more money washing about in the major parties from persons and businesses seeking influence, leading to a cavalier attitude and arrogance from those taking part.

We all understand that power and influence is used by people with the finances to gain advantage in our society.

But the political classes need to be sensitive to the real concerns of the electorate, who are voting less and less because of lack of trust in our established political class.

I look forward to seeing Tim Farron’s response to this fine.

Perhaps he will demand the case be re-run as he did not get the result he wanted.

Chris Gallacher, TD VR,

Chairman,

UKIP Redcar,

Normanby Road,

Middlesbrough.