MPs hiding behind law
POLITICIANS wrapping themselves in a self-serving cloak of secrecy would be a grotesque abuse of power by a cosy political class sticking two fingers up at the electorate.
Voters have an absolute right to know if lawmakers are arrested and justice will be the victim should parliamentarians conceal the identities of elected representatives helping police with their inquiries.
The public right to know trumps any supposed right to privacy under the Human Rights Act.
What an MP eats for dinner may be a private matter. Should an MP have his or her collar felt because they’re suspected of fiddling expenses to buy that meal is surely a matter of extreme public interest.
It’s outrageous these mini dictators could be pontificating to the nation on issues they were secretly arrested over or, worse, passing laws on the very same subject.
Imagine if they stood in a general election and when safely lounging on the green benches, we learned they were charged with a serious offence they were arrested for before the poll.
Everybody, voters and MPs alike, is innocent until found guilty by a court.
But in the interests of justice, the public has an absolute right to know of arrests.