As the news emerges that the ASA is investigating the Home Office’s ‘go home’ van after a few dozen complaints, Guido is sceptical on what grounds it broke any rules. As ASA say on their website:
All complaints of political bias in TV or radio advertising should be made to Ofcom. For reasons of freedom of speech, we do not have remit over non-broadcast ads where the purpose of the ad is to persuade voters in a local, national or international electoral referendum. Complaints about political advertising should be made directly to the party responsible for that advertising.
The true purpose of those ads is a moot point…
Meanwhile over at the Treasury, they seem quite chuffed with their new hunt a tax dodger tool:
HMRC’s Most Wanted gallery of tax fugitives has just had over 1 million views this morning. Can you help find them? http://t.co/y22Uk7WdHV
— HM Revenue & Customs (@HMRCgovuk) August 9, 2013
Which is odd given the gallery’s own public counter says otherwise:
You would have thought numbers would their strong point…