Well that surely depends on how widely the arrangements were previously reported on. If they weren't widely reported (normally achieved by government through burying clauses like this in dense legislation or by announcing things at times where other news is likely to take precedence - cough *thatcher funeral* cough), then the point stands.|
The Tories made clear commitments in their election campaign and after coming to power about "Open Government". It was one of their big stunts, that they still like to roll out on a frequent basis when they go into hyper-defensive mode (which is pretty frequently).
The fact that they made, and continue to make those claims whilst enjoying arrangements that allow them to suppress genuine criminal wrongdoing if it has a negative impact on Party funding fundamentally undermines that entire platform and also undermines Democracy as a whole and shows utter hypocrisy. It also raises questions about whether or not they have exercised those powers and pertaining to who and what. Not to mention how it undermines the supposed party ethos of being tough on crime.
Whether Labour introduced the measures in the first place is of little relevance beyond attempting to deflect legitimate concerns when challenged on the issue by the Labour Party by saying "well, you started it, so you're to blame!" - made more ironic by the fact that the Tories utterly love to deflect criticism from Labour by saying they didn't change certain Tory policies during the Blair/Brown governments.
Not excusing Labour at all (assuming it was them that created this situation in the first place), just saying that attempting to weasle out of accountability because of it is lazy and, erm, weasly. And I'm certainly not ignoring the fact that the Lib Dem section of the coalition may well have been aware of this either.
Edited by darkmorgado at 09:58:15 24-04-2013
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