Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pull The Other One

So Charlie Falconer thinks that the general election procedure was perfectly safe? Why, then, are the government announcing all sorts of new measures to combat postal voting fraud? Oh, that's right, because we had a system that was more akin to that of a banana republic.

I can understand why the government wanted the election rushed through - the Boundary Commission is soon to report and the huge discrepancies in constituency profile built upon census data 14 years out of date stood to benefit Labour immeasurably. But if there were no serious problems in the general election, then it is down to the good nature of the British public and most certainly nothing at all to do with the dreadful system that we have in place. There are a large number of loopholes that I can think of off the top of my head that could allow electoral fraud to take place with chances of detection low; but I don't want to publicise them. In short, until we move to a system of individual voter registration we are going to leave ourselves open to a large amoun of fraud.