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Theresa May, I salute your sense of irony

At the end of this answer, the Home Secretary could have said “by ringing up”, “by writing in” or some such words. But no, she went for “from the internet access”, resulting in a superbly ironic self-referential loop. Ma’am, I salute you.

Mr David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab): Why has the Home Secretary ruled out a free-post leaflet or candidate booklet for police and crime commissioner elections? Will she now heed the serious concerns raised by the Electoral Commission that internet-only access to candidate materials will disadvantage the poor, the old and those in rural areas, and, accordingly, help to address the poor turnout, or is that the intention?

Mrs May: We of course looked very carefully at the arrangements that we would put in place for making information available to voters in the police and crime commissioner elections. Instead of providing a free-post booklet to every household, what we are talking about is providing internet access. However, that does not mean that there will not necessarily be literature going out, because individual candidates will have expenses with which they will be able to make literature available; and indeed, it will be possible, from the internet access, to ask for written copies of the information that is available on the website.

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