A more formal study should be done of all the examples of unethical behaviour of politicians. In Article 4 I listed some of the ways and in  Article 14, I showed how party politics itself encourage politicians and some of heir supporters to be unethical.

Here is another recent example of unethical behaviour by politicians.

UKIP encouraging unethical behaviour

Two Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) defected to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). We do not know their real motives (it could be that they knew they would have lost their seats to UKIP in the next election)., but whatever the reason, they betrayed the people that worked for them and the organisation they were a part of and through which they were elected. In other words they are traitors.

UKIP in accepting these defections in unethical in two ways.

Firstly, senior UKIP politicians are colluding with the traitorship ( perhaps doing everything they can to encourage people to defect – act unethically). Secondly, in their desperation for power they simply trampled over the existing UKIP candidate who was selected by his local UKIP constituents and had been working for the party since 1995.

What does this show? UKIP eventually has become just like every other party putting the quest for power before principles. I wonder if  the code of conduct for politicians I proposed in Article 10 would do any good … it would have to be considerably expanded.


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