Democracy in the Dark

The Electoral Reform Society (spoiler : of which I am a member) has produced another one of their many reports. This one is about the unknown amount of influence, not to say, interference, that took place before the 2019 General Election. Unsurprisingly, it states that, as usual, our existing rules and regulations are not fit for purpose and puts forward various proposals which, if acted upon, might do something to improve matters. I am quite sure that they are right to do this, but I am somewhat dubious about expecting a Government of proven doubtful probity, led by a well known liar, and having more money to spend on election propaganda than all the other parties combined, can be expected to be full of reforming zeal. There is a real need for an Electoral Commission, independent of Government, equipped with real teeth to see that our elections are both free and fair. They will, sui generis, spend a great deal of their time at loggerheads with powerful and rich political interests, but the interests of the citizen rank far higher than their’s.

The article is downloadable in the form of a pdf document and can be found here

About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of Europe and Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be brought before a public tribunal where the evidence can be heard, and examined, and suitable penalties awarded.
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