In the court case brought against Brown for breach of contract over a referendum on the EU Constitution, Brown's personal barrister has just told the court that "manifesto pledges are not subject legitimate expectation".
Oh yes, Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has just told an open court that we shouldn't expect him to be telling the truth with his promises, and that no manifesto pledge can be considered to be binding in anyway.
Let me remind you that we live in a representative democracy. Indeed, many of those who are opposed to a referendum on the
The manifesto that politicians put forward before elections is the way in which they represent themselves to the electorate. If those manifesto pledges mean nothing—if "manifesto pledges are not subject legitimate expectation"—then how, precisely, have these fuckers represented themselves to us?
"With lies," is the answer. If the manifesto means nothing then these MPs have not actually represented themselves to the public at all and thus they have absolutely no legitimacy whatsoever.
What this means is that we are not living in a representative democracy, because the politicians have not represented themselves to us, the voters. In fact, they have made false representations which is fraud.
Here is the relevant extract from the Fraud Act 2006 [PDF].
- Fraud by false representation
- A person is in breach of this section if he—
- dishonestly makes a false representation, and
- intends, by making the representation—
- to make a gain for himself or another, or
- to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
- A representation is false if—
- it is untrue or misleading, and
- the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.
- “Representation” means any representation as to fact or law, including a representation as to the state of mind of—
- the person making the representation, or
- any other person.
- A representation may be express or implied.
- For the purposes of this section a representation may be regarded as made if it (or anything implying it) is submitted in any form to any system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to communications (with or without human intervention).
Well, I reckon that you have Gordon under 2/1/a & c/i: "to make a gain for himself". Private prosecution, anyone?
Now, what, I wonder, is the maximum penalty for fraud by false representation?