For years our nation has sent scrutineers to various far-flung parts of the globe to check on electoral proceedings. Coming from the much vaunted ‘mother-of-all-parliaments’ their pronouncements carried weight and gravitas. Not any more.
Following on from cash for honours, MPs expenses, Lobbygate and a really crap voting system, we now have the sight of hundreds and hundreds of voters being turned away from the polling booths. Reports of polling stations running out of ballot papers add to the sense of an inept, outdated and inadequate voting process. Deeply shaming and a national disgrace.
It is time for observers to come from all over the world to check that our system is fair.