Labour Government Advert Is Banned By The ASA Which Undermines Brown’s Policing Pledge
Another Labour Government department has had it’s adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority according to Sky News.
This is another blow for the Government propaganda machine that they are wasting tax payers money on, for what are in effect, no more than party political broadcasts for
A matter of days ago Ed Milibands Church of Climatology department had two adverts banned by the ASA becuase of flawed science and scare mongering about AGW.
The Home Office is the culprit this time, for an advertisment designed to mislead about the amount of time that police officers spend in local communities.
The Home Office’s “policing pledge” campaign says communities can expect their neighbourhood officers to be “on the beat” 80% of the time.
But the Advertising Standards Authority is expected to say it does not make clear that this time includes a range of duties and not just patrolling local streets.
It also only applies to 13,500 neighbourhood constables and 16,000 community support officers, not all 140,000 police officers.
The regulator is expected to announce the advert breaks the part of its code which requires campaigns to be “legal, decent, honest (and) truthful” and must not be screened again.
The ruling has political implications for the Labour Party as Gordon Brown mentioned the policing pledge in a speech earlier this month and it appears on leaflets in some constituencies.
Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said he would write to the Prime Minister to ask him to retract his comment.
Brown’s response to Grayling’s letter should be interesting.