YouGov, a polling operation part owned by Conservative MP, Nadhim Zahawi, has been reported as running a poll that includes a question as to whether ‘those who receive more money from welfare benefits than they pay in taxes’ should be allowed to vote.
Apparently (and mercifully) there was much opposition to this. It ought to be shocking that this is the way Tories are thinking. Let’s be straight, this is disenfranchising the poor (who, if they know what is good for them would never vote Tory- and that’s what Tories think too) and also straight out of the US Republican playbook.
Meanwhile the Electoral Reform Society points out that in this May’s council elections we shall have trials on voter identity requirements in 4 areas:
“Bromley, Woking and Gosport will have to show officials their papers before being permitted to exercise their right to vote. In Watford and Swindon voters will have to bring their polling cards with them.”
Yet the Electoral Commission’s data shows that only one conviction for impersonation was made in the whole of 2017, and that out of nearly 45 million votes cast.
Further I read that on best estimates about 1 in 10 people do not have a passport or a driving license and they may be too young to be paying utility bills, so this seems to be another field trial to discourage voting by those on the margins of ‘not bothering to vote because it is too complicated anyway’.
Regrettably the whole exercise seems designed to encourage self-inflicted disenfranchisement. Otherwise known as destroying democracy.
This, it seems to me, is truly the work of a ‘Nasty Party’.