Some years ago I reported on the available evidence that demonstrated that UK electoral standards had slumped to a place below that of many third world nations, and of standards so low as to be unknown in any other advanced Western democracy. Michael Pinto Duschinsky had the figures; 3m on the electoral roll who should not be, and 3m missing from the roll who should be there, electoral quotients of third world standards, way beyond an OSCE basis of +/-5% and ridiculously far away from the +/-3% that advanced democracies such as New Zealand enforce, and voting fraud and personation off the scale as a direct consequence of Blair's seedy and crooked intervention to 'game' the system.
Slowly and very carefully the Tory governments from 2010 on took notice, but without the support of Labour, who continued to put party interests before the probity of our national electoral system. The roll-out of individual voter registration has rid the cities of multiple registrations, and the change of constituency boundaries due in 2017 will bring us somewhere close to +/-5%.
However, as Eric Pickles reports, electoral fraud and personation, particularly amongst Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, is as bad as ever. This is not unrelated to Islamism, and to the low standards of truth, probity and decent behaviour inherent in Moslem religious belief that many believe permits lying and deceit under certain circumstances, including UK elections.
Pickles suggests indelible finger-dye at polling stations; I think this goes too far. We are not yet Dhaka or Karachi. Such measures are fine for foreign natives, but an insult to an English native. No. Other measures for the 2020 elections, including proactive policing, mandatory prison time for voting fraud, ID checks at polling stations and a police presence to prevent tribal or Islamist intimidation should make the point; all voters respect our electoral system or do jail time.