Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Appealing To The Ghost Demographic

Bluuurgh - there's nowt wrong with our voter registration system and everyone knows it. No problem at all - people in Blackburn really do live fifty to a house. Also this doesn't happen:

Brenda Gould is in trouble again for registering her cows as voters.

For the second year running, the woman from Newmarket, near Cambridge in eastern England, has listed two names on the registration form who turned out to be cows, East Cambridgeshire District Council said Thursday.

The previous year, in addition to registering two cows as "Henry and Sophie Bull," she listed "Jake Woofles," later found to be a dog, as eligible to vote in local government elections, the council said.

This year she indicated that her address had been split into two properties, that she resided in one part and that two other persons lived in the second, a council spokesman said. The persons she claimed lived in the second property were, in fact, her cows, the spokesman said.

OK - this is pretty funny, and they did detect it eventually (as in 'detect that Mr Woofles and the Bull family were fakes'), but it hardly inspires confidence in the system's ability to pick up anything less obvious than a daft pun. Add in the inevitable effect of PC on investigations into Asian voters and is it any surprise we have Blackburn's experiment in multiple house occupancy ?

Still, that's Liberals for you - always looking for new minority groups to grovel to. Now these found the ultimate minority - the existancely-challenged, the differently-real and the bogusity-gifted.

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