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Italian Officials Charged For Corruption In Red Light Camera Deal
from the all-done-to-bump-up-revenue dept
Over and over again we've seen cases where cities clearly put in red light cameras not for safety purposes (despite that being the "official" reason), but to increase revenue. For example, many cities have been caught decreasing the time of the yellow light before it turns red -- a move that definitely increases accidents and puts people at risk, against the law. However, since it increases the number of cars that run red lights, it means more revenue. If this all seems very corrupt, it appears that in at least some places, that corruption might be explicit. Reader Murdock points us to the news that 38 public officials in Italy may face charges for accepting kickbacks and bribes in association with a redlight camera company, to install such cameras, decrease the timing on yellow lights, and then collect money. Oh, and it worked. Lots of money was made, but it's not clear that anyone was any safer.
Brown Holds Seat With Increased Majority
Sally Arthy, in Kirkcaldy
Gordon Brown won his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat and immediately pledged to play his part in a "strong, stable" government.
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Mr Brown said he wanted the government to be able to lead Britain into "sustained recovery".
His comments came after Downing Street sources said the Prime Minister would try to form a coalition government to keep Labour in power if there was a hung Parliament.
But he has since been dealt a blow by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, who indicated he had his eye on the Tories instead.
There was some good news for the Prime Minister, however. He held on his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat with an increased majority, polling 29,559 votes.
He arrived at the count at the Adam Smith College with his wife Sarah just after midnight and walked straight into a private room to await the result.
When he finally made his way down onto the counting floor, he was greeted by cheers and applause from his supporters.
After the result came through at around 1.30am, Mr Brown thanked voters for their "unwavering" support and also paid tribute to his wife, Sarah, for her "love and support".
He said: "The outcome of this country's vote is not yet known.
"But my duty to the country, coming out of this election, is to play my part in Britain having a strong, stable and principled government, able to lead Britain into sustained economic recovery and able to implement our commitments to far-reaching reform to our political system - upon which there is a growing consensus in our country."
Mr Brown waited for all seven other candidates in the constituency to make speeches before heading off to board a private plane down to London and Labour Headquarters and watch the rest of the night's results unfold.
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