Reported by the Guardian and the BBC, MPs are complaining that the change to individual voter registration, as against the existing household registration, could involve the real risk of damaging democracy. Err, excuse me, what democracy?
Was not our democracy damaged with the passing of the European Communities Act which received Royal Assent on 17th October 1972? Has not our democracy been damaged, during the intervening years between 1972 and the present day, by leaders of our political parties promising a referendum on membership of the European Union and then reneging on said promises? Has not our democracy been damaged by the Expenses Scandal, whereby our politicians looted the public purse? Has not our democracy been damaged with the practise by political leaders of exercising a stranglehold on the voting procedure in Parliament? Has not our democracy been damaged with the passing of draconian laws, laws on which the public were never consulted and for which they never voted? Has not our democracy been damaged by the lies and deceit of our MPs, the one section of our society who should be showing the public that honour and principle are important personal characteristics?
It is all very well for Graham Allen, Labour chair of the political and constitutional reform select committee, to pontificate that individuals taking responsibility for their own votes is the right thing to do, but he needs reminding that MPs being held responsible for their actions is also the right thing to do.
I note that MPs are also being urged to remember the 5th of November and that that date should be better commemorated. Indeed it should - and MPs should also realise that in view of their continual disregard for democracy the public may well decide to have more than one 'celebration' a year - the second commemorating when they saved what was left of their democracy!