Sometimes the British state amazes me. Sometimes soldiers, both TA and regular get sent somewhere at short notice. The same is true of businessmen, salesmen, and a large number of individuals in the private sector. I imagine fewer people in the public sector have to travel at short notice such that they would not be able to vote.
Such short-notice travel is NOT grounds for an emergency proxy vote. The ONLY grounds for the granting of a proxy vote after the cut-off date, two weeks before the poll, is a medical emergency. This is the LAW, and boy, do public “servants” in town halls seem to enjoy telling soldiers that the democracy they are called to fight to defend is not, at this time, open to them. Unless of course they get shot, when it might be.
Not satisfied with the answer from the “head of democratic services” at my council, whom I suspected of being an officious oik, because he not only didn’t see that this was something to apologise for, but who also refused to give me his name when challenged about his frankly stinking attitude, (his name can be found on the Internet: It is clear that David Miley’s a right dick. I rang the electoral commission (02072710600) who were much more helpful.
It is true that a soldier or businessman called away at short notice cannot get an emergency proxy vote. It has been the Electoral Commission’s advice that people in this position SHOULD be granted an emergency proxy vote, however Parliament has not seen fit to make the change to the law. There can only be one reason for this: who’s been in charge of Parliament for a long time? Labour (the Coalition has had but a year to change the tsunami of horrid Labour legislation). In office, Labour saw fit to grant any turd a postal vote, whether or not they even existed. This allowed them to farm votes in ethnic “communities” where the Pater Familias could be relied upon to tick the “right” (i.e. Labour) box for all the people (and a few “people”) in each family.
People who go on the sick are more likely to vote Labour than those called away to fight (or sell weapons to) the Queen’s enemies at short notice. Ergo sickies could get a vote at short notice, but soldiers and businessmen couldn’t.
Everything Labour does, it sees party advantage before that of the country or even basic, decent fairness. This is why I hate them so very, very much. If you are, or have ever been a member of that despicable organisation, you have my contempt.