Deliverance Day minus 2. The reason why none of the main parties will ever agree to a ‘none of the above’ box being put on ballot papers is; voters would reject them all. They dismiss the forty percent of people who are registered to vote but did not, at the last two general elections, as apathetic. They will not accept that these people do not like any of the choices on offer. Liberal Labour have gone to great lengths to remove all of the supposed obstacles that they claim make it difficult for people to spend five minutes putting a cross on a ballot paper. On-line and text voting are vulnerable to computer hackers. Postal voting has been abused to an extent that would shame a banana republic.
They all say that they want to empower people and make every vote count, but they will not accept that they are all unpopular and the reason why voter turnouts have declined to such a low point. The percentage turnout will increase in the future because the number of registered voters is set to decline dramatically. The new rules of voter registration are intended to combat the fraudulent registration arising from the head of a household having the responsibility for entering all residents in their house on to the voter registration form. Within some communities there has been an introduction of alien practices where the community leader commands a block of votes and thereby gains influence within political organisations. This is mainly in immigrant communities and is no different from what happened in the United States, such as the Irish in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia etc.
To combat fraudulent registration it is intended that individual registration will remove the bogus voters from the electoral roll. In the main, the head of the household has entered everyone as required, knowing that the children are unlikely to vote. What is likely to happen with individual registration is that people who have no intention of voting will not register in the first place and the numbers on the roll will fall. When the election is held it will look as though the turnout is higher and the parties will glow with content at their increased popularity. The parties also claim that if voters want to show their dissatisfaction they can spoil their ballot paper. Spoilt papers do not count and a candidate will still be elected even if there is a one percent turnout. So, making voting compulsory would not force people to vote for any party. It would provide a pile of bumf or raise a pile of money in fines on people who still refused to visit the polling station.
Compulsory voting will only work if there is a ‘none of the above’ box on the ballot paper. All the parties know, especially with the UK electorate, that they are on to a loser and will be punished by angry voters with a point to make. The onus is on the parties to make themselves electable and they are not doing a good job. The expenses scandal and self serving pay increases, together with ex-Ministers selling themselves like escort-call girls have undermined public confidence. Then we have the broken manifesto promises and the elevation of non-elected politicians to lord it over us. The Lisbon Treaty ratified by Liberal Labour and the Liberal Democrats, by denying a referendum, is the most blatant breach of public trust. The Lisbon Treaty has proved to be an administrative disaster and has now got to be reratified by all the European member States to allow the extra MEPs to enter the Parliament at Brussels. This is the opportunity for the Liberal Conservatives to make good on their 2005 manifesto promise and hold a referendum and find out what the people of the UK really want with regard to the EU.
If the Liberal Conservatives let the people speak it would resolve and remove a contentious and divisive issue from the political agenda and the Country could move forward down the right path. In fact, it would make good electoral sense for them to announce tonight that they would hold such a referendum. By now they should be well ahead in the polls given the high level of dissatisfaction with Liberal Labour. They are not because they are not convincing. Most of the small parties have a referendum pledge in their manifestoes. If David Cameron had taken a pro-referendum position at the weekend, the small parties could have stood down and advised their supporters to vote tactically. He could not because his own party is divided on the issue and vested interests will not trust the people to decide the issue. The Liberal Conservative Party had a golden opportunity to present themselves as the Social Democratic Conservative Party. That is how the Party might split as tensions increase within them, if they get the chance to govern. Remember how a large group of Conservative MPs formed a dissident parliamentary faction within the Parliamentary Party during the last Conservative administration. The Cornerstone social justice group will find it difficult to stomach Dave’s liberal moral agenda. If they did break from the party they would attract many smaller parties and a major realignment would take place.