Billothewisp was delighted to see this article in the Independent claiming that there has been a “Remarkable” rise in voter registration.
Believe me, nobody would be happier than me if it turns out to be genuine. One of the failures of our democracy is that it engages with too few of the electorate.
But I have worries. Hopefully this is paranoia, simply brought on by a lack of a regular haircut. But one comment at the end of the Independent article raised the hairs on the back of my neck.
“The officer at the council showed me his computer screen to validate my details, what was then immediately noticeable that some moderate sized houses on my road had 40-50 registered voters registered to them which were at most able to accommodate 8 people.”
When questioned the officer shrugged his shoulders.
I will repeat that.
He shrugged his shoulders.
Democracy can easily be subverted by its enemies. Especially if no one cares.
Really, we must guard our democracy better than this. It is more important than income tax, traffic offences or VAT all of which have hoards of police/inspectors/officials protecting them. Democracy needs to be defended as well.
Gerrymandering is an ugly inexcusable crime. If it is found (or suspected) it must be vigorously and publicly investigated. Any perpetrators must be prosecuted.
If proven, those involved should go to jail.
Our democracy is in enough trouble as it is without being perverted with Gerrymandering.
Hat tip to Richard at EU Referendum Who blogged about this here first.