The police line is that they won’t uphold the law for ordinary people – only for the privileged. Am I right? [Image: Getty.]

No doubt you’ll all be aware that This Writer’s bid to become a Powys county councillor was derailed because of false statements made about my personal character and behaviour, contrary to s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, by an organisation called the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

In accordance with the law I made a complaint to the police, and fully expected all those responsible for the allegations to face prosecution.

Now look at this load of drivel I’ve just received from the police:

“Dear Mr Sivier,

“I apologise for not responding to your email earlier.

“As you are no doubt aware Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 makes it an illegal practice for a person to make or publish any false statement of fact in relation to the personal character or conduct of a candidate rather than the political character or conduct.

“I have today spoken to Mr John Stolliday of the Labour Party compliance unit. He has confirmed to me that you have been suspended by the Party pending an internal investigation.

“In light of these facts it would be inappropriate for the Police to engage in an investigation.”

Except, of course and as this police officer should well know if he has been in touch with Labour compliance, the allegations against me do not relate to anything I have done in connection with my membership of the political party but are, indeed, (false) claims about my personal views and behaviour affected by those views.

My response:

“As the Labour Party suspension also relates to my personal character and behaviour, your excuse is nonsense.

“Please provide me with the name of your superior officer if you do not feel up to the job.”

You can’t see this but I am actually shaking with rage at the injustice of this.

It seems to me that the officer concerned either can’t be bothered or is actually seeking to pervert the course of justice.

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