This has been bothering me since attending the count. We do our main election count at night. Some other countries don’t.
As an election volunteer for a candidate, you are entitled to view the counting process. You can view polling boxes awaiting to be counted as well as the counting process but you are not allowed to touch.
What you do not see is what happens between the polling booth and the counting building. Who knows what those boxes are and the labels / seals?
In the dark outside the building, who sees what happens. If you have private police as we did, then all routes to viewing that process are blocked.
We should not be counting during hours of darkness. If we claim to have a democratic process then it cannot have dark, closed off elements. It is too late afterwards to obtain voting data and impractical to check that with individuals.
I’m in the process of relocating to Surrey and starting a new job in London next week. I hope to go back to training at my old club at some point in August, or should I say rediscover the floor of my old club if current physical state is anything to go by – hello discipline, old friend!
After the latest piece of savagery from Westminster yesterday, it’s a wonder that they keep doing their amazing jobs and thank goodness they do or we’d all be stuffed.
One of the easiest things for Westminster and its apologists is to attack a group of people who have the best compassionate, caring standards (minus a few and it is a few), they are so busy carrying out their jobs with those standards that they don’t have time to fight back.
Join National Health Action Party , Keep Our NHS Public or its local affiliate group.
Find out more about what is going on by reading articles on openDemocracy , DoctorsforNHS , http://chpi.org.uk/, http://www.nhsbill2015.org/
Get involved in local NHS campaign initiatives – by ureading council papers and attending local meetings. Local assemblies often have links.
It’s never mattered more than now and the NHS has never needed more public voices supporting every surgery, clinic, hospital. Even one hour a week helps.
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