Voting should be hard

There was an interesting comment in The Telegraph a couple of days ago.

Mr. Hannan rightly points out that “for 10 years, ministers have made voting progressively more convenient. They have introduced postal votes, telephone votes and e-votes. They have placed polling stations in supermarkets. They have sought to enfranchise felons, lunatics and foreigners. Yet the only people whom they have succeeded in encouraging are fraudsters.”

He then goes on to suggest that perhaps it would actually engage people more if voting became harder again. Do read the whole thing – there are several good points in it!

I do tend to agree with the main gist. Democracy is about people taking responsibility for their own future, not about having lots of people tick random boxes.

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