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Politically correct

26 April 2010

As some politicians are “firing up their Quattros” for one of the most finely balanced of recent election campaigns every stray vote will count.

We are all likely to find ourselves receiving more and more promotional material. So much so that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has felt it necessary to remind voters that although it regulates nearly all forms of advertising – it does not regulate election advertising.

Adverts that are designed to persuade voters in a local, national or international election referendum are not covered by the Advertising Code.

Does this represent a true example of protecting our human rights to free speech or does it give politicians a right to free unregulated publicity to say whatever they want – at whatever price to win votes and power?

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