Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tory policy shock: Infanticide for children of unmarried mothers.
This is a lie. The Tories do not in fact have a policy on infanticide for unmarried mothers. But as the law stands, I can say this as part of an electoral campaign. The Advertising Standards Authority do not cover electoral advertising, and the Electoral Commission, who do have a remit for electoral campaigning, only cover personal attacks, not mendacious attacks on policy or record of opposing parties. So I would not be allowed to publish a poster saying "David Cameron has chlamydia, and caught it from that Edwina Curry", because it is not true. But there is no law against publishing the above poster.
For more detail, see the posts below.