Tory ‘no intent’ #electionfraud confidence is a non-starter. Here’s why

The SKWAWKBOX

newsnight intent.jpgNews broke across most of the mainstream media today of the questioning by police ‘under caution’ of Tory MP Craig McKinlay in relation to electoral expense fraud – and that numerous Tory MPs have been warned by police to expect news of possible charges.

The BBC’s Newsnight programme – ironically just after News at Ten had completely ignored the issue – covered the events and quoted Tory Cabinet Ministers:

What I’m hearing from within the Cabinet is a confidence that there will not be successful criminal prosecutions. What I’m told is for that to happen, you’d have to prove intent, intent to deceive. And this source told me that… it’d be very difficult to say that an MP intended to deceive.

If your first instinct on hearing that ‘confidence’ was, “Well, they would say that“, join the club. If your second was ‘ignorance is no…

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