The ‘Herald Scotland’ has reported concerns over Conservative links to an election count firm involved in postal voting.
Yet the irony seems to be that the problem in England and Wales is even worse.
Mere speculation, but: dodgy postal vote spike, dodgy Tory funding, Kuenssberg breaking electoral rules – what’s the chance of the election being voided, hung Parliament returning & this time getting it right: a government of national unity and a second-thoughts EU referendum?
It seems that the postal vote was 37%. In previous elections, the postal vote never got out of the teens… The postal vote was, in many areas, ‘managed’ by a private company that donated to the Conservative & Unionist Party. Private company Idox, who till 2018 had a Tory peer on its board, used a wholly owned subsidiary Halarose, to manage Postal votes in 12 Dec 2019 and yet Halarose is already listed on or before 19th December 2019 as being ‘dissolved on 24 Dec 2019’. This seems too convenient.
While even the Telegraph has reported that postal voting fraud is easy, yet surely 12 .2 million postal votes is absolutely remarkable – and yet the Conservatives remain still worried about the non existant actual crime of physical impersonation at the polling station.
In Scotland (where one might expect rather more difficult winter weather- easily justifying an enhanced postal vote) the postal vote went up by 1.2%, whereas in England the rise was, I understand, though I’m clear I cannot find a link for it, 19%. If that is true, something is not quite correct – never mind a lot of anecdotal, physical queues outside polling stations.
I’m not generally a conspiracy theorist but a 19% increase in postal voting against a 1.2% in Scotland is – shall we say – most unusual.
I shall certainly be writing to my MP, Ben Bradshaw, who at least has form on trying to get the ‘vote leave’ campaign properly and suitably promptly investigated to try to establish if there may be substance to this and more than meets the eye…
(Anyone with further evidence should contact the Electoral Commission here.)