Now the Tories are trying to cover up the cost of stopping us from voting

The Conservative government is withholding the facts about the cost of its pointless “voter ID” checks.

The scheme puts barriers in the way to prevent ordinary people from voting – at huge cost to the public purse.

A pilot during the local government elections this year cost £1.7 million and resulted in an alleged 350 people being turned away from polling stations in five constituencies.

The result was entirely disproportionate to the problem. There were only 21 cases of alleged in-person voter fraud in 2014, 44 in 2016, and 28 in 2017 – 0.000063% per vote cast.

It gave rise to criticisms that the Conservatives are trying to disenfranchise huge numbers of voters – who are demographically more likely to support the Labour Party.

Now the Tories are withholding details of the cost of another pilot “voter ID” check, due to take place next year.

These Conservatives are constantly telling us there is no money for vital services, but they are happy to spray public cash up the wall when it suits them.

Remember the water cannons that Boris Johnson bought for £322,000 while he was Mayor of London? They have been sold for just £11,025 – for scrap – after never having been used.

Of particular note to those who think the Tories are the party of financial responsibility is the cost of fitting CD players – £1,000 per water cannon.

And we know that the Conservatives offered £1 billion of our money to the DUP, just to support them in Parliament, with a further £1 billion included in this year’s Budget. Of course, they only handed over a little more than £400 million of it, but think what a difference that could have made to people struggling to make ends meet on pared-to-the-bone benefits that no longer cover the necessities of life.

Now they think they can spend our own money on schemes to stop those of us who support Labour from doing so at a polling station.

The sooner they lose the “no confidence” vote that seems certain to happen in the next few weeks – and all their silly spending splurges are scrapped – the better.

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4 thoughts on “Now the Tories are trying to cover up the cost of stopping us from voting

  1. wildthing666

    There is a simple way round voter ID checks! Postal votes you could send two forms of ID with fake photo’s if they ask for them. It’s so simple especially if you fill the form in on-line it just asks you to verify that you are the person of member of the family that requires a postal vote it’s that simple.

  2. nmac064

    The corruption and criminality of these people is breath-taking. They are openly flaunting their corruption, their abuses of democracy and criminality by dressing it up as “fraud prevention”. When are they going to be held to account for their crimes?

  3. Michael McNulty

    Maybe the Tories realize their cruelty may put them out of power for good? Millions of youngsters are growing up in households so poor some of them go hungry or at least they know their parents go hungry. These kids will be voters for sixty or more years and most will never vote Tory, and they will warn their own kids that to vote Tory is to invite poverty and hunger into the home.

    If Jeremy and Labour transform society it could be the end for the Tories. They could reinvent themselves but today’s kids should be watching for them. Voter suppression will prevent some from voting but fortunately it’ll not stop enough to save them.

  4. Colin Clarke

    Strange that a party such as the Tories should introduce ID checks into voting. You have to ask if those ID checks will cover such crimes as Tories using the postal votes of dead people, or of Tories using the postal votes of new immigrants who do not even know they are entitled to vote. Are we sure this mob are not, in fact, alien invaders?

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