How much simpler life would be if I became a politician:
...the Scottish Socialists have fallen foul of the election watchdog by failing to submit on time their financial returns, detailing their donations.One would think that with Colin Fox, newly elected MSP, being a qualified accountant, the comrades would be able to keep their paperwork in order. No problem - they won't face the "automatic" penalties that apply to businesspeople:
According to the Electoral Commission, the maximum punishment for this breach is a £5000 fine and a year in jail. However, the Glasgow MSP might not have to pack his toothbrush just yet as the commission looks likely to help out the small political parties, which by law have to spend time and money on filling out all the forms, even though they have no donations to declare.
....a spokeswoman told The Herald so far no party had been prosecuted by the authorities and legal action would only be taken if a party "systematically" breached the rules. She added a letter had gone off to Mr Sheridan, asking him why his party had failed to make a return.Life's a laugh, isn't it?