Thursday, June 04, 2009
Voters Should be Treated Like Adults
Polling days are normally politics free zones on the broadcast media due to OfCom regulations. Today will stretch the boundaries of those regulations. Already the Today programme has broadcast features on Gordon Brown's leadership woes and Sky News has also reported regularly on the Labour Party's leadership crisis. This illustrates the fatuousness of the regulations that in theory prevent any kind of political discussion on an election day because it might influence the voters. Newspapers, of course, can still print what they like, and the internet remains thankfully free of these ridiculous regulations, which tend to treat the voters as idiots. It's the same rules which allow political parties to run adverts in cinemas but not on TV or radio. It's time that these regulations are swept away and we treat voters like adults.