THE image of politicians has certainly been tarnished of late with the expenses row in Britain and the whole series of fraud and corruption allegations which have been placed against local politicians. It is a nightmare scenario and I suspect that it could lead to fewer people voting in the next local elections here and probably in the general election in Britain. In the case of the Balearics all those politicians who have been called before a judge to answer corruption allegations should resign while the investigation is taking place. If they are found to be innocent then they can be re-instated. The allegations of political corruption have tarnished politicians of all sides. Even the speaker of the Balearic parliament, Maria Antonia Munar, has been summoned by a judge to explain alleged corruption allegations which were made against her when she was President of the Council of Majorca. Former Balearic leader Jaume Matas has also been given a day in court to answer similar charges. This is a very worrying state of affairs and very bad for politics. Turnouts in elections have been falling quite dramatically over recent years. We are now facing the prospect of even fewer people voting because of the corruption allegations. Not a very happy state of affairs.
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