Friday, October 30, 2009

And why does it matter?

Thousands of polling stations would be closed and voting hours reduced under a plan to cut the cost of elections, says The Times.

Other proposals include cutting staff, replacing polling cards with e-mail requests, increasing candidates’ deposits, fixed-term parliaments and reducing security at election counts.

This is seen as a threat to democracy by "campaigners", who are hotly contesting the ideas, which have been put forward in a working paper by the Ministry of Justice.

As always though, the point is being missed. These are elections for toothless MPs, who have no power and whose only function is to take their orders from Brussels. We might as well abandon the elections altogether and turn the Houses of Parliament into a museum of democracy.

We no longer have a democracy, so why go through the pretence of having elections?