"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 7 May 2010

Interim Results

Well, I left the live chat because I couldn't stand listening to the media coverage any more. Although only three results are in (all Labour holds) there's been a swing to the Conservatives indicating a hung Parliament on current figures. Already the lefties are lining up to slag off a Conservative win - talking of a lack of honesty in politics, which really takes the biscuit coming from people whose totalitarian instincts have been honed to perfection.

People have been turned away from the polling booths because they were too late and didn't have the right papers. Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm and if people can't move themselves to get there on time with the right info (ie by ensuring they were on the electoral register in the first place) then what do they expect?  Polling stations also ran out of ballot papers, for which there's no excuse, (ballot papers are different to polling cards, which aren't needed to vote) and now we've got sit-ins and protests with the prospect of legal challenges. It's a shameful sight and I'm ashamed to be British tonight.

UPDATE: I'm listening to an interview with a woman who couldn't vote  - she had been queuing for some time and had every right to vote but the polling station closed on the dot at 10pm.  According to electoral law, the station should have remained open until all those like her had cast their vote even if it over-ran the 10pm deadline.  It's a mess and investigations into postal voting fraud  and our Armed Forces' missing postal votes have barely begun.

UPDATE 2:  Here's a link to Jenny Watson, Head of the Electoral Commission, being quizzed by Dimbleby:


  1. The Electoral Commission is a disgrace. Pass the buck is their motto.

  2. And pass the sick-bucket is mine SubRosa. Watson is right though, the law can't be clearer and it's down to Returning Officers to stick to the law. As Watson said, the system is creaking and needs urgent reform.


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