Election blog roundup 5
Here you go - over at the General Election Blog. Lots of good stuff once again, including Chris Lightfoot explaining the methodology behind that political survey which I wrote about while drunk in my last post.
Elsewhere, A Big Stick and a Small Carrot keeps tabs on election posters in Aberdeen. None from the Lib Dems, but Backing Blair is represented.
However, most worrying - from the General Election blog roundup - is this looks at postal voting forms. It looks somewhat like it's possible with these to sign away your vote forever, with nothing more than a signature.
Michael Howard has jumped on the bandwaggon to complain, but after the experience of my relatives and dodgy Conservative proxy voting tactics, his lot are hardly free from dirt on this either.
I mean, if you're old and infirm, and some nice, well-spoken person turn up on your doorstep and offers to cast your vote for you, you may well be tempted to take them up on the offer - especially if they're politely insistent that they're only doing it to be helpful. But what with the whole anonymous ballot thing, how the hell can you check to see if they've voted the way you asked them to?
"It has been noted that, with votes cast in a polling station, there is no ability to prove to a person you have swapped votes with that you have fulfilled your end of the bargain. However, in the case of postal votes, there is the ability to show the ballot paper and so provide proof."This country could end up a more suspect version of Florida 2000...
Bonus linkage: A ripping to pieces of the UKIP manifesto by an ex-UKIP Eurosceptic:
"UKIP should be thankful that the media do not take them seriously. If this manifesto was given the same scrutiny to which the others have been subjected, the Party would be exposed as the amateurs they really are."The comments section is also worth a look on that one...