The end of the peer's show
Only a few days ago I wrote about the Tories following the Republican Party’s playbook on gerrymandering. Now, lo and behold, another essential component of that could be introduced, with the possible legal requirement to show photo-I.D. when voting. Producing various forms of I.D. has been a key part of the Republicans’ disenfranchisement methodology, since those most at risk are less likely to possess the required from of I.D. such as passports or driving licences. Given the rarity of voter fraud in the U.K. introducing such a measure here would be pure partisan game playing. I suspect MPs won’t wear it.
As regards the Queen’s Speech, which was apparently so profound it required an extra long prorogation of parliament, it all seemed a bit humdrum, with little if anything new in it. You might think that after 10 years of Tory (and LibDem) government our problems should have been solved, but no, Johnson is promising all manner of fixes to the crises created by years of austerity. So we’re going to see the police numbers restored to where they were 10 years ago, we’re going to see social services restored, we’re going to see criminal justice restored (presumably without the help of the hundreds of courts that were closed down), we’re going to see the regions blossom! This Queen's speech must count as one of the most vacuous in modern history, and the question may be why anybody could be surprised by that, given its origination.
Just a thought: I wonder how many Brexit supporters have passports?
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