This is so transparent!
Thousands of polling stations would be closed and voting hours reduced under a plan to cut the cost of elections.
Other proposals include cutting staff, replacing polling cards with e-mail requests, increasing candidates’ deposits, fixed-term parliaments and reducing security at election counts.
\”Increase candidate\’s deposits\”. Otherwise known as the Incumbency Protection Act.
There are currently three political parties that have the financial clout to run candidates in most constituencies across the land. Con, Lab and LibDim can scratch up, without too much trouble, the £300,000 or more needed just to get someone on the ballot paper in every constituency.
There\’s another three parties, UKIP (yes, to an extent I am talking my own book), Green and BNP who are knocking on that door. Raising the deposit requirements in each constituency simply makes it harder for such parties to compete and thus entrenches the three majors.
It\’s specifically a device to aid the incumbents.
And whatever you think about UKIP, the Greens or the BNP the correct reaction from us all should be that they can fuck right off.
They\’re *our* elections, not theirs, they should not be allowed to put barriers in the way of our choices.