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Ad hominem, ad regulatus

10th April 2023
Recent Labour party advertising, in particular – to paraphrase – Rishi Sunak protects paedophiles from prison – has attracted much commentary and most of it focused on the subject matter of child sexual assault, the ‘ad hominem’ nature of the approach, its credibility and the disse…

The threat of generative AI to our democracy

8th April 2023
Generative AI is already having a profound and lasting effect on the advertising industry and political advertising is by no means exempt. My outlook about its impact on “normal” advertising is positive. The possibilities are exciting. But I am filled with total dread about what’s to come as t…

If the advertising is duplicitous, what does that make the advertiser?

21st March 2023
No prizes for the correct answer. Perhaps this shabby impersonation of a respected local paper is no surprise: for decades, politicians have been ripping off their local news services and burying their names in tiny type under a heap of dubious or outright untrue claims while wrapping themselve…

Listen to our parliamentary event discussing the topic of “honesty in politics”

8th March 2023
We held a parliamentary event with the APPG Compassion In Politics this week titled “Honesty in politics. What is it and how do we get it?”. Taking part in the panel discussion was Debbie Abrahams MP, Gina Miller, Jennifer Nadel and Lord Puttnam who joined virtually. You can listen to Lord P…

Join our virtual parliamentary event on Tuesday 7th March at 3pm

2nd March 2023
UK politics is suffering from a dishonesty crisis. Repeated mistruths and misrepresentations have led to the corruption of standards and the withering of basic ethics and honesty. This in turn has fuelled the escalating disengagement of the public from the political process.This panel discussion wil…

Labour isn’t backing.

10th November 2022
The tweet from the Conservative party (tweets are subject to regulation for most advertisers, incidentally), which includes the claim that ‘Labour are backing the strikers’ is the kind of unfounded assertion that wouldn’t survive in a commercial arena but which continues to be permitted in thi…

We’ve complained to the ASA about recent government advertising.

9th October 2022
Misleading political ads that aren’t deemed electoral are in the scope of the ASA. So we’ve decided to complain about this one. The fact we can highlights the gaping hole in regulation for electoral ads which you can’t complain to anyone about! You can read it below. We’ll keep you posted as t…

Greenwashing: banned for business, permitted for politicians

29th September 2022
Probably not the best advertising in the world, ‘greenwashing’ – deceptive environmental marketing – is very much in the regulators’ sights. Only recently, the ASA have ruled against Unilever, Tesco and Innocent Drinks, no less. And the government’s own statutory authority the Competition an…

We need your help to continue our campaign to prevent lies in electoral advertising.

25th September 2022
The public are hungry for change. They want to see politicians turn the page on months of dishonesty and deception. Our proposal – to properly regulate electoral ads – offers them a way to do that. And in the in last year we have taken some huge strides towards this goal.  We’ve made si…

We need your help to continue our campaign.

21st September 2022
Well after a protracted election contest we now have a new PM. Liz Truss has not yet shown her cards when it comes to the question of regulating electoral advertising so there is all to play for in terms of getting this issue up the agenda and on to the statute books. Of course, just because Ms T…

Open letter to Rt. Hons Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss

25th July 2022
A single voice, but he spoke for all of us. The opening question at the Channel 4 debate on July 16th, involving five candidates at the time was, the moderator Krishnan Guru-Murthy told us, “the one subject that had dominated questions from our audience.” The question, delivered by a memb…

Can you help stop lies in electoral ads like this one?

5th July 2022
That’s the thing with a loophole like no regulation of electoral advertising content – some people take advantage. Others demand ‘something must be done about it,’ instead of ‘I must do something about it.’ The result is that nothing gets done. And another big bus with a big lie …

Electoral advertising regulation will now likely be included in a Bill in parliament.

2nd July 2022
Liz Saville Roberts presenting her Bill in the House of Commons. The momentum behind regulation to prevent lies in electoral advertising continues.  For it to continue we need your support. We are the only organisation in the UK campaigning for electoral advertising regulation to prevent …

Correction: Liberal Democrat Facebook ad

13th May 2022
Whoops. In our recent report of local election advertising from the three main parties, we accused the Lib Dems of doctoring a Telegraph headline. They didn’t. The headline they showed in their advertising did appear in the Telegraph and despite best attempts we couldn’t find it at the time of …

Download our review of misleading ads in the 2022 elections: Cost of Lying Crisis

6th May 2022

EARP: here to run the bus out of town

3rd May 2022
In June 2020, the House of Lords recommended that a code of practice should be developed for election material that ‘restricts fundamentally inaccurate advertising.’ The government response to the recommendation was, Mourinho-style, to ‘park the bus.’ Ev…