Thursday 10 April 2003

The state against the people

Surely this is wrong. Robbie the Pict is standing for the Scottish Parliament. He wants to run as the "Scotland and Shetland’s Self-Determination Rights" candidate. But the authorities won't let him:
However, Arthur McCourt, the regional returning officer, on advice from the Electoral Commission, ruled that individuals had to describe themselves as "independent", or leave the box blank.

Robbie objected to having to use a "state term" (you got that right, Robbie), and took the issue to the Court of Session in Edinburgh, asking for an interim interdict to prevent Mr McCourt from declaring invalid his nomination paper

What the Electoral Commission should be doing is challenging the Liberal Democrats for wrongful use of the word "liberal".