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Liverpool Mayor arrested for fraud and corruption
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Liverpool Mayor arrested for fraud and corruption

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested Friday by the city police as part of a fraud and corruption investigation. The Labor Party, of which Anderson has been a lifelong member, immediately suspended him, waiting for the results of the British judicial inquiry. The party refused to comment, as for now, but several sources confirmed that Mr Joe Anderson had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

A former social worker and then pub manager, the 62-year-old Anderson was a city councillor for two decades before running in 2010 in the first direct elections for the office of Mayor. He has since been re-elected and has remained continuously the head of one of the most important cities in the United Kingdom, famous all over the world as the birthplace of the Beatles and for its football team, reigning Premier League champion. 

The accusations against Mr Anderson, according to “The Guardian,” concern contracts in the real estate sector and city infrastructures. The arrest does not amount to a guilty verdict, nor does it mean that the Mayor will remain in prison: the police, to interrogate a person suspected of a crime, must always arrest him in the UK, to give him the right not to answer and to consult a lawyer, making use of all legal rights.

Five other people have been arrested together with Anderson, of which the authorities did not reveal for the moment the identity, but only the age: a man of 72, one of 46, one of 33, and one of 25. Also, they have to answer for fraud and corruption, as well as conspiracy and attempted intimidation of a witness. In 2017, the Mayor of Liverpool ran as a Member of the Parliament in Westminster but was not elected. 

He got national influence during the Covid-19 health emergency after supervising in Liverpool the country’s first mass testing program, operating closely with the central government in Westminster, the army, and all security departments. Confirmed cases in the city, which in October was one of the major outbreaks of the pandemic in the UK, have dropped more than two-thirds since the plan started on November 6, coinciding with a month-long national lockdown. When lockdown expired on December 2, the urban center has been pushed down into the second tier of limitations, having entered in Tier 3, the highest level.

His older brother died in October of coronavirus, and Anderson himself has spent most of the last year in solitary confinement as a precautionary measure, suffering from other physical sicknesses. His arrest is an embarrassing episode for the Labor party.  The new leader, Keir Starmer, has promised to bring the bloc back to victory, making it a credible government force. Following the hard defeat suffered by his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn in the elections last December, the worst performance at the polls for the Labor in eighty-five years.

Why Italy believes cutting down its MP Numbers is a Necessary Move
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Why Italy believes cutting down its MP Numbers is a Necessary Move

It is democracy and then power of the people that reigns supreme. Italy has proven that. Italians have gone all out to decide to have fewer people represent their government. Through a referendum, the people have voted for fewer politicians to represent them in the times to come.

The referendum awaits clearance from the Parliament.

The reform suggested also intends to capped at five the number of presidentially nominated senators-for-life. The referendum, once passed in the Parliament will become a law and does not come into effect until the next election cycle that is to fall in 2023 or a little before that.

The big victory here is that, with the numbers literally being cut down to one third the representation. Sadly, it will not affect the pay packets of the existing politicians. But it will definitely give an equal voice to the common man. The case becomes similar to that in Germany- ratio of voters to lawmakers has come to the same level.

The rule of the powerful and elite seems to be ruling the roost everywhere- be in Iran, Lebanon or Iraq- the common man has been taking to the streets and shouting it out to get fair and equal play in the way they want to be governed.

The constitutional referendum vote that happened between September 20 and 21, sought a cut in the number of MPs. It was indeed a purposeful move.  Supported by the new age coalition of parties M5S, the idea is to reduce public spending and increase parliamentary efficiency.

If the referendum goes through, it would mean decrease in the Chamber of Deputies’ total members from 630 to 400 and the Senate’s from 315 to 200, cutting 230 deputies and 115 senators, respectively. According to figures calculated by M5S, with the cuts in the numbers of MPs, one is looking at saving as much as €80million to €100 per year or let us say almost € 1 billion of the common man’s money which can be used to build 130 new schools, fit out 13000 ambulances or even make for compensation 25000 new nurses for hospitals.

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