Thursday, April 07, 2005
Also published with my grammer improved by the Scotsman
The words of the judge in the Birmingham Vote Fraud trial cannot be ignored particularly in present circumstances. He said that the evidence was "overwhelming", that " There are no systems to deal realistically with fraud and there never have been. Until there are, fraud will continue unabated", that "Frauds of this magnitude require a considerable degree of organisation and manpower, not to mention supervision and co-ordination. It would be unthinkable for them to be the work of a few hothead activists", & of Prescott's reforms which made fraud possible on this scale that this was "positive assistance to fraud "...... "Short of writing 'Steal Me' on the envelopes, it is hard to see what more could be done to ensure their coming into the wrong hands".
We are going into an election for which 7 million postal ballots have been issued. It is likely the total Labour vote will be under 9 million (1/3rd of the 59% who voted last time). The possibilities are obvious. Fraud in Birmingham has been enormously more obvious & equally importantly, one sided, than anything that happened in the Ukraine. The Electoral Reform society says "We do not believe electoral fraud is confined to Birmingham" & it is likely they are correct which makes this election potentially the most antidemocratic since 1832.
It is now the duty of the leaders of all other parties to seek a judicial review establishing, as a minimum, that postal ballots should be counted separately & announced separately & that in any case where the result changes because of posted votes that person not be considered "duly elected" until a thorough police investigation of a random selection of posted votes has been made.
This was also sent to a number of southern newspapers yesterday morning but have not been used. I made a couple of phrasing errors which I have corrected here - that's what comes of writing in a hurry.
I see the Birmingham Lib Dem chief is going to court on this. The country owes him a enormous debt for his refusal to let this go - "for evil to triumph all that is required is for good men to do nothing". Let us hope that the opposition parties strongly support him.
One strength of the net is it is easy to provide links to primary evidence & there can be no excuse if it is not done.