News reaches Hofflimits of unusual candidate requirements for standing for public office in India. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the Rural Development Minister, said all rural council members should only be eligible for election if they have a toilet at home (story here). In an attempt to outlaw the more common rural practice of public defecation, Mr Singh is insisting that elected officials should set an example, to reduce the still high incidence of diarrhoea in the countryside.
It's rather touching to see there are places in the world that believe a politician's example will bring about change in public behaviour. By contrast, I note my local council is looking at innovative ways to stop voters from urinating in the streets - though I don't think this is necessarily in reaction to the fact that our politicians do have indoor plumbing. According to the official website, it is "part of the Council's over-arching toilet strategy". This confirms what many have already suspected - Colchester Borough Council really does take the piss.
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