Purdah – Have We Lost The Plot?
‘Purdah’ should not and hopefully does not have any impact on policing…end of.
Cate Moore has already written a piece on Purdah and what it entails, so I shall not bore you by repeating it.
I do, however, question the application of Purdah, and I appreciate that Cate does not necessarily agree with my views on this matter.
Having looked Purdah up, it seems to originate from the early 20th Century.
According to the House of Commons Library;
“The term “purdah” is in use across central and local government to describe the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on the activity of civil servants are in place. The term ‘pre-election period’ is also used.”………..”Guidance is issued to civil servants on the principles that they should observe in relation to the conduct of Government business in the pre-election period; the guidance for the pre-election period in 2015 was issued on 30 March 2015.”…………..”There is statutory guidance…
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