So much for the Tories not wanting a “papers please” society!
After making a huge fuss about Covid passports, because they don’t want UK citizens to have to prove their identity or be deprived of their rights, earlier this week Conservative MPs overwhelmingly passed a Bill to demand that UK citizens must prove their identity in a specific way before being allowed to vote.
There is no justification for this law. The claim is that it will prevent impersonation of other voters at the ballot box, as though there has been an epidemic of this electoral crime.
But there was only one case of election fraud by “personation” in 2019. One.
The Bill was supported by 327 Conservative MPs – that’s 326 more people than committed the crime it’s supposed to protect against.
We must therefore conclude that Boris Johnson’s government is lying again – and ask what real reason the Tories could have for imposing this unnecessary restriction on the UK’s electorate.
The answer is simple: it will ensure that between one million and 3.5 million people will not be able to vote at elections.
And it’s not a random two million people, either. This is a targeted attack:
BREAKING: The Tories have passed their voter ID law, ensuring that 1 million poor people, who would never vote Tory, won't vote for anyone now x
— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@BBCLauraKT) January 17, 2022
That’s right – this will affect poor people, the kind who are unlikely to vote for the Party of the Rich.
The Tories have voted to mandate photo ID to vote in elections – supposedly to stop voter fraud, which is practically non-existent.
Almost 1 in 10 people do not have any form of photo ID. The stats are higher for marginalised groups.
This is voter suppression.
— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) January 17, 2022
It’s a blatant move to rig elections.
It's plain and simple folks – the Tories are doing whatever they can to limit our power as individuals, our democracy.
Between voter suppression & attempting to criminalise protest, they are stripping away our rights one by one.
We need to fight back!
— Breakthrough Party 🟠🌤️ (@BThroughParty) January 18, 2022
Of course, the hypocrisy is clear:
Using electoral fraud as an excuse to disenfranchise the poor is electoral fraud on the grandest imaginable scale
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) January 18, 2022
And the effect will be recordable because only general elections and elections in England will be affected by the new law.
You will need to show voter ID at a UK General Election but not for Scottish or Welsh Government elections because neither of those nations are run by actual fascists.
— Helen the Zen 🏴 💙 (@helenmallam) January 18, 2022
See, This Site and others have been warning you about the fact that your Conservative government’s political position is full-on fascist, for years; fraudulent elections constitute the 14th of the 14 signs of fascism.
And even now, Tory “useful idiots” will scream at you that it’s all a lie, they’re not rigging elections and there’s a real need to save you from a nonexistent threat.
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