5 May 2009
84 MPs arrested for drunk driving?
I just got sent one of those emails about the MPs in the House of Commons - the email claims 29 are accused of spouse abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 9 have been accused of writing bad cheques, 84 arrested for drink driving in the last year - well it's all a load of rubbish. A Green party colleague pointed out the Guardian comment here. Apparently this nonsense email has been doing the rounds for years. It seems deliberately designed to play on people's cynicism and naivety about politics. It is certainly worrying that people seem to intuitively believe this email - want to see their MPs as crooks. Yes of course there are some bad apples but as the Guardian comment says the same people wouldn't be taken in for a minute by an email from some bloke in Nigeria offering them $20,000,000 in cash.