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Tories publish ID plan to stop you voting in elections

The Conservative government has published details of the forms of identification it wants you to produce when voting in elections – while also refusing to provide a nationally-recognised ID scheme.

That’s right. They want you to produce particular forms of identification – but have ensured that these will be either too expensive or inconvenient for many of you. That’s apart from their main voting base of pensioners who all profited from the post-World War II Labour government and the economic consensus it produced for 30 years afterwards.

Originally, the Tories said the ID issue was about stopping election fraud, but they have dropped this pretence now. In the last general election, more than 30 million people voted. The number of fraud cases reported was 164 and only four were proven. That is not enough to justify the expense of imposing ID demands.

Here’s Phil Moorhouse of A Different Bias with the full, horrifying story:

Passports and driving licences are acceptable, so Mrs Mike and This Writer will be able to vote – if we remember to bring them.

But they are expensive – especially for the millions in the UK who can’t afford to eat every day because of Tory government policies.

A disabled person’s bus pass is acceptable. This is the only concession to people who are not part of the Tory voter base.

An older person’s bus pass, an Oyster 60 plus pass, a Freedom pass for people aged 66 and over are also all acceptable. This is a very blatant loophole to allow the elderly to vote for the Tories.

Councils are being given the opportunity to provide ID, but council budgets were squeezed dry by the Tories years ago, and the government won’t provide money for a scheme. So your local authority, if it provides this service at all, won’t make it easy.

The other point Phil makes that is very important is that this will put many people off voting – except those who have a strong interest in politics.

This means extremists will be more able to influence who gets into Parliament. Think about that, people of the UK, and the consequences for the country where you live.

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After the non-election, the backlash. Voters react to Rishi Sunak as prime minister

Rishi Sunak: yes, it’s this shot yet again. Still, he’s prime minister now. I’ll probably get some new ones in. Hopefully they’ll make him look just as daft.

The UK now has a prime minister whose value, taken in tandem with his wife’s, is greater than that of the King. What is he going to know about tackling the cost-of-living crisis?

Not a lot. At least, that’s the fear going around the social media right now. And who can blame people?

The information on which they’re relying is accurate – and incidentally makes a nonsense of any claim that we should applaud the elevation of a non-white Hindu to the highest office in the land.

See for yourself:

The next two should be taken together:

You said a lot there, Kerry-Anne!

And there’s a brutal, Tory winter on its way.

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Tory MPs defend the tax cut u-turn – but what do Tory VOTERS think of these people?

Compare and contrast:

First, here’s a selection of Conservative MPs (including a wonky-spectacled Chancellor Queasy Kwarteng) working hard to justify themselves:

Now let’s see what their own voters think of them…

… Oh dear.

The best that can be said is that they all approve of the tax u-turn. But that means they’re admitting that their government – that they chose – got their first big decision wrong.

And some of the comments were a lot less positive.

And Kwasi Kwarteng’s speech didn’t get the ovation he would have wanted. Most people stayed in their seats and This Writer has a suspicion that many of them didn’t even bother to clap.

I think these Tories are in deep, deep trouble. But they’re all working hard to avoid admitting it.

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Under-30s are paying unaffordable rent – are the Tories ruining their own future?

Hot on the heels of the energy prices crisis comes the revelation that a growing number of people aged below 30 are being forced to pay unaffordable amounts in rent.

40 per cent of them are now paying more than 30 per cent of their income on rent – a five-year high, according to figures by property market consultancy Dataloft.

The data suggests under-30s are now paying more of their earnings on rent than any other working-age groups.

It seems rents are increasing because fewer houses are on the market after landlords decided to sell properties because of rising taxes, charges and maintenance costs.

As a result, people are offering more than the asking price to landlords, just to secure a property.

The government reckons it has taken action via a £37 billion support package to help households with rising costs.

It also says plans announced in June would ban landlords from evicting tenants in England without giving them a reason, and give renters more power to challenge unjustified rent increases and poor conditions, providing renters with a “fairer deal”.

But you’ll notice there’s no effort to provide more rented housing to lower the costs.

And this leads us to a vital question: are the Tories poisoning their own future?

I was listening to the A World To Win podcast in which author Phil Burton-Cartledge suggested that the Tories are in decline because they rely on older people voting for them – but this isn’t a consequence of age but of the social circumstances surrounding age.

Older people vote Tory because they have accumulated property – but property acquisition is starting to break down: “If you can’t get younger people onto the housing ladder, then the Conservatising effects of property will not have the same consequences.”

Host Grace Blakeley added: “The housing crisis, combined with issues around employment, progression and wages, the cost of childcare, have forcibly extended a lot of people’s youth such that, whilst you can say there’s always going to be plenty of old people, actually a lot of Gen Xers and Millennials will be young in attitudes as well as in living standards for much longer.”

And here, it seems, younger people can’t even think of buying a home because they can’t even afford to rent.

How are the Tories ever going to get these people to vote for them, when the Tories have taken away all their hopes of social status?

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The Lords were right to defeat Tory government’s ‘voter ID’ plan to nobble democracy

Voting: did either of these constituents bring photo ID to the polling station?

A Tory plan to restrict voting in general elections to people who have very specific forms of identification has been overturned in the House of Lords – after a Tory suggested an alternative.

Peers decided to widen the range of documents a person could present to get a ballot paper, saying the limited range suggested by the Tory government was too restrictive,

Conservative peer – and former minister – Lord Willetts said documents including library cards and workplace or student ID cards should be added to the list of approved forms of ID because government plans for people without approved ID to get a free photo card from their council would be expensive.

He expressed concern that “hundreds of voters per constituency” could be turned away from polling stations at the next election.

“Imagine if the outcome of the next election is a modest majority… where throughout the day the media story has been voters being turned away from polling stations,” he said.

“That seems to me a very significant political and constitutional risk that does need to be taken into account if this measure is introduced.”

The point is a good one, although it fails to appreciate that the Tories want to introduce voter ID because they are losing voters and fear that, soon, they will only be able to win elections by ensuring that supporters of other parties – who may not have, or be able to afford, the prescribed forms of identification – can’t vote.

Trials in 2018 – in just five constituencies – led to 3,981 potential voters being turned away because they didn’t have the right ID (which isn’t the same as saying they were trying to commit fraud, of course).

Using that as an average figure, if the proposed restrictions had been applied across the UK, more than half a million people would have been denied their constitutional right. And that’s just in local elections that have a lower turnout than general elections.

If applied to general elections, it is thought that between one million and 3,5 million voters would be disenfranchised,

Let’s remember that the total number of voter fraud allegations in the 2017 general election was 28 – of which This Writer seems to recall only one was proved,

The list of those who would be turned away from polling stations includes young people, those with disabilities, ethnic minority communities, homeless people and transgender and gender non-conforming people, none of whom are normally expected to vote Conservative.

More than 40 charities, campaign groups and academics have called on the government to scrap its voter ID plan, including the Electoral Reform Society, Age UK, the RNIB, the Salvation Army, the British Youth Council, Stonewall, Operation Black Vote, Liberty, the National Union of Students and St Mungo’s.

The Tory government has ignored their concerns.

The cost to the public purse of preventing perfectly law-abiding voters from kicking the Tories out of office is projected to be £180 million per decade – £18 million a year,

Bear in mind that this plan will create a two-tier election system in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with some elections banning those without ID, and others remaining open and free.

Two sets of rules about how people take part would apply. Some people would be certain to become confused and fail to take ID – if they had it – meaning they would be excluded from voting in the Westminster election.

Other measures in the Tories’ corrupt Elections Bill – I call it the Voter Restriction Bill – include banning party campaigners from handling postal votes, and stopping people from collecting postal votes from people who are unable to get to post boxes and handing them in.

But the 15-year limit on overseas electors in UK general elections would be removed – to allow Tory donors to continue participating in elections.

The good news is that, as with their decision to upset plans in Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill, peers have made their changes close to the end of the current Parliamentary session.

This means Boris Johnson and his cronies must now decide whether to accept a compromise or risk losing their Bill altogether if “Parliamentary ping-pong” between the Commons and the Lords continues and their differences are unresolved when the session ends.

Let’s hope that happens and this Tory assault on democracy can be killed.

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Don’t forget the Tory hypocrites have passed their #voterID law to disenfranchise millions

Yes, UK, you have a fascist government: check out the last item on the list – “fraudulent elections”.

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:

That’s right – this will affect poor people, the kind who are unlikely to vote for the Party of the Rich.

It’s a blatant move to rig elections.

Of course, the hypocrisy is clear:

And the effect will be recordable because only general elections and elections in England will be affected by the new law.

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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Welsh Tory claims that ‘voter ID’ Bill is ‘nothing to fear’ are nonsense

Voting: if the Tories get their way, don’t bank on being allowed to put your ‘X’ in any boxes unless you are prepared to go through a new layer of pointless bureaucracy.

The Welsh Conservatives: what a ridiculous, small-minded clutch of creeps!

Their current wheeze is trying to pretend that the new Elections Bill in Westminster – that will cheat 3.5 million people out of being able to vote – is “nothing to fear”.

Well, it might be nothing for them to fear, but for Welsh voters it is very serious! This Site calls it the Voter Restriction Bill.

The Welsh Government is rightly opposing the Bill, for reasons we’ll discuss shortly.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Constitution, Darren Millar (who?) said: “This is nothing more than mischief making from the Welsh Government and its allies.

“Voters in Wales have nothing to fear from these proposals. The only people who should be concerned are those who intend to commit election fraud.

“People are required to present ID to vote in many vibrant democracies around the world including Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Iceland and Italy so I see no reason why this shouldn’t be the norm here in Wales.”

Fortunately there are adults in Welsh politics who are able to explain to these Tory might-as-well-be children what their own party’s legislation means.

Jess Blair, Director of Electoral Reform Society Cymru (Wales), said: “This Elections Bill could lead to a ‘two tier franchise’ in Wales, with some elections banning those without ID, and others remaining open and free.”

It means that, if any UK and Welsh elections took place on the same day, two sets of rules about how people take part would apply. Some people would be certain to become confused and fail to take ID – if they had it – meaning they would be excluded from voting in the Westminster election.

“This bill would ban anyone without ID from voting, while forcing over-stretched council workers to become bouncers at the ballot box, turning away potentially thousands of would-be voters each election. There is simply no need for this costly barrier to democracy. At a cost of up to £180m per decade, forcing this through is a strange priority for UK ministers right now.

“Moreover, the changes to the Electoral Commission represent a UK government power grab, with ministers given new controls over our elections watchdog. This is a dangerous and unprecedented move that the Welsh Government is right to oppose.”

Other plans would remove the 15-year limit on overseas electors in UK general elections – to allow Tory donors to continue participating in elections; ban party campaigners from handling postal votes, and stop people from collecting postal votes from people who are unable to get to post boxes and handing them in.

In a paper published on the Senedd website Counsel General Mick Antoniw wrote: “The Welsh government does not support the introduction of voter ID, the placing of unnecessary constraints on postal and proxy voting, or the extension of the overseas franchise.”

Do not be confused: the BBC may claim the move toward voter ID is a bid to prevent possible fraud from people pretending to be someone they are not at a voting station – but how can it be, when such crime is practically nonexistent in the UK and this legislation will cost £180 million per decade?

No – this is a bid to make it harder for working class, older and black, Asian and minority ethnic people to vote.

And the reason is clear: these are all people who are unlikely to vote for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

Source: Welsh Tories claim there’s ‘nothing to fear’ from bill that bans those without ID from voting

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Vaccine passports scrapped – but what does that say about Voter ID?

The ballot box: Boris Johnson doesn’t want you to be able to put anything into it until you can show valid photo ID, like a Tory Party membership card.

Let’s remind ourselves of something Boris Johnson said, way back in pre-history:

Brilliant! And half-true…

The plan for Covid-19 vaccination passports has just been scrapped by Sajid  Javid.

Clearly he has been reading This Site’s discussion of the rights and wrongs of forcing people to vaccinate. Denying them entry to places unless they have been forced to vaccinate is still forcing people to vaccinate, of course.

(Amazingly, one of the guys who was so determined to force his will on other people – even though it wouldn’t make any difference to whether they passed the virus on to him – is still demanding it. His latest effort was to say that people should be force-vaccinated for the same reason we aren’t allowed to smoke in offices – to prevent passive smoking. But passive smoking is forced on non-smokers by smokers and the prohibition is to stop smokers putting something in non-smokers’ bodies that they don’t want there – which is exactly what this guy is trying to do by forcing injections on people who don’t want them. Some might say that’s practically rape.)

However Johnson is still forcing voter ID on us.

It makes a nonsense of Javid’s claim that “I’ve never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity.” Voting might not be everyday but is still regular.

The Welsh Assembly has already recommended that consent for the Elections Bill – which demands that voters produce a recognised form of photo ID or be turned away – should be refused.

It would make sweeping changes to the UK’s electoral system with very little justification – the “voter ID” demand is being made in spite of the fact that voter impersonation is very nearly nonexistent in the UK.

So convention requires the Assembly to give consent – and it is being withheld. The Welsh Government is seeking amendments that will reduce the impact on Welsh law.

That should keep the Bill tied up for a while.

And just as well, to judge from the reactions:

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Could ‘tinpot dictator’ Boris Johnson learn a lesson from Haiti – before it’s too late?

Dictator Johnson: but will he learn a lesson from the death of Haitian president Jovenel Moise – or will he carry on attacking your freedoms in the belief that “it couldn’t happen here”?

On the day when Haitian president – and, some say, dictator – Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his own home, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was labelled a “tinpot dictator” in the House of Commons. Do you think the parallel will prompt a rethink?

I don’t.

Moise was accused of being a dictator because he did not hold elections when he was expected to – including legislative elections. As I understand it, this meant Haiti has been left without lawmakers since 2019 and he had been ruling by decree for the past two years.

According to The Guardian,

Allegations of an attempted coup – which Moïse said included plans to murder him – marked the latest episode in his controversial period in power that has been characterised by fraudulent elections, protests, economic hardship, repression and rampant corruption.

Does that seem familiar to you?

In February this year he claimed an attempt to kill him and overthrow his government had been foiled, arresting 23 people including a top judge and a senior police officer and using police to put down political protests after they became violent.

Does that remind you of the Johnson regime?

The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, referred to Johnson as a “tinpot dictator” during Prime Minister’s Questions, when he raised the Tory government’s plan for vote-rigging by introducing a system in which voters will have to provide a specific form of identification before being allowed to take part in elections.

Mr Blackford said, “It’s easier to get re-elected if the government can choose the voters rather than the voters choosing the government.”

(I note that Voter ID will not be introduced for elections here in Wales. The Labour-run government here rightly states that electoral fraud is practically nonexistent and could disenfranchise millions of voters in the UK.)

Looking at Haiti, it is easy to see where interference with elections can lead.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking:

“It couldn’t happen here.” Really?

I bet you can think of at least one person in the UK who has died under mysterious circumstances that may have been politically-motivated – and may have been covered up in subsequent inquiries. I can.

It could happen here, just as it could happen in Haiti – as soon as Johnson outlives his usefulness.

And he’s not doing very well with his plan to spread new variants of Covid-19 by lifting social distancing rules, is he?

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Labour is losing young voters to the Greens – because of Starmer

Not for the young: flag-shagging Keir Starmer has turned young voters away from the Labour Party.

How tragically revealing.

Admittedly this has to come with the caveat that the pollster is the Tory-run organisation YouGov.

However, the size of the numbers suggests there’s something in this.

They show that Labour’s share of the 18-24-year-old vote has plummetted by 21 points (from 56 per cent to 35 per cent). It seems all those voters have gone to the Green Party.

There’s a good reason for that…

Let’s be honest. We can name the reason in two words:

Keir Starmer.

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