MISCONDUCT IN PUBLIC OFFICE

Why it is Rarely Prosecuted

 It wasn’t the first time she had been asked a question underneath a question.

The grandmother sat on the couch half-listening to her granddaughter chatter on about school and how much luckier all her friends were than her.

“My best friend at school is going to Disneyland, but Mommy won’t let me go with her.” She glanced across the room at her mother, who was sliding frozen pizza into the oven for dinner.

Her mother sighed, “Honey – we talked about this.”

“Yeah, but why can’t I go? Carol’s parents are letting her go!”

“Yes dear…but, you know. Disneyland isn’t actually all that much fun. It’s actually pretty boring.”  She suddenly shot Grandma a look. “Grandma’s been there, she can tell you. Isn’t that right, Grandma?”

Isn’t that right, Grandma?

No, it wasn’t right. Disneyland was fun. Everyone knew that. The question was silly. Its answer was obvious. Of course Disneyland isn’t boring… Not to children, anyway.

But, of course, she wasn’t asking Grandma whether Disneyland was boring. She was asking for…

[Hint: The answer is a 9-letter word that begins with ‘C’]

It is posited that the underlying issues in the Case Study described here are similar to those in the story above. Is the similarity apparent to you?

Consider the Case Study details and see if you can identify the characters:

Mother: ________

Grandmother: ________

Granddaughter: ________

 

Please share your views and opinions regarding the issues in dispute in the Case Study.

Please also answer the following Question:

Based on their handling of the concerns of the constituent in question, does the (Conservative) MP get your vote? Why/Why not?

Please evaluate the MP’s handling of this matter against the Code of Conduct available here, against the Seven Principles of Public Life, and against the Humanity Test.

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