We sit in front of the screens which show either the violence in Kenya after the fraudulent elections, or the forthcoming elections in Georgia, brought on by a well-meaning excess by a Western-leaning incumbent President, or even the shambles which passes for politics in Pakistan, and smugly tell ourselves that it couldn’t happen here! We tell ourselves that, living in a true Democracy such as ours, that sort of shenanigans couldn’t come to pass! Well, if you care to think rather hard, it already has!
Just cast your mind back to the last period of electoral fervour in this our own land, and especially the Scottish elections which resulted in the emergence of the smug face of Alec Salmond as the First Minister, wittering on about a National Conversation about Independence from The United Kingdom, amongst other pipe-dreams. Let me remind you about how he got there. The S.N.P. gained it’s hold on power as a direct result of a mixture of Westminster and Edinburgh Ministerial incompetence, arrogant local bureaucrats, and a complete lack of understanding of how ordinary people react when faced with unusual circumstances.
The Scots Parliament elections, which are fixed as a ‘first-past-the-post’ result, were set to be held independently, but the Westminster Labour shower pushed the Scots Labour executive into holding the vote on the same day as the local elections, which are run under some weird mathematical formula which is supposed to supply balance to voter’s intentions. They also attached a new, completely untested electronic counting scanning system to the polls, just to add to the general fun!
So over 140,000 electoral votes were declared null and void because ordinary people couldn’t grasp that they had to fill in two complicated forms in an entirely different fashion, an untried scanning sysytem aborted a count after fifteen minutes, and candidates who should have won seats lost out.
Just cast your mind back to the local elections in the Birmingham area just over two years ago, when a Judge was able to remark that the voting system would "Disgrace a Banana Republic". This despite warnings from just about everyone else that the postal voting system was open to fraud on a ‘massive scale’.
Oh, and just in case you think that that last example was an isolated case, the same system is still in place today! Just imagine, what happened when a handful of sleazy Muslim politicians decided to make a grab for power can be easily duplicated on the national stage today, because our Labour boys anf girls are fast learners!
When I worked in London, I traveled back and forth like many thousands of others, because ‘down there’was where the work was, but ‘up North’ was my wife, my family and my home! One of the first things I completed, when I realised I would be a nomad in my own country was to register for a postal vote, and in those days, I had to prove I had a valid reason for registering! Today, they hand them out with the milk! It is easier to get a postal vote than it is to get a passport or a bank account, and which, of those three things, is the deadlier? Your vote, in the wrong hands, is deadlier than a bomb, because the effect of wrongful use is more insidious than an explosive device! But will the Labour Party listen? Will they hell!