And one of the chief reasons is this:
Police officers are to be stationed at every polling station in Tower Hamlets after the Met launched an official investigation into allegations of electoral fraud.
Officers will man all 70 polling locations in the borough on Thursday alongside borough enforcement officers to prevent voter intimidation.Did anyone ever expect to see this in their lifetime?
Police sources today admitted the measures were unusual.They forgot to add ‘for this country’…
The Met said it would investigate claims the poll in the Banglatown and Spitalfields ward had been rigged — giving victory to Gulam Robbani, an independent candidate backed by the borough’s mayor Lutfur Rahman. He won by just 43 votes.
One-in-seven of the postal votes cast in the by-election was rejected.It’s no comfort that this – like the recent upset in Bradford - is mainly affecting Labour, either.
It’s tempting to chuckle at their discomfiture, to give in to unseemly glee as they are hoist on a petard of their own making. But it would be wrong.
This isn’t an attack on Labour, it’s an attack on the way our country is run and on how our electoral system works. It’s an attempt to subvert ‘one person, one vote’ to the communalist and corrupt systems preferred in the Third World. It must not stand.
So I’ll be voting for Boris today, with UKIP as second preference.