30 October 2009

A U-turn by lunchtime

Well, that didn't take long.  Following the report in The Times, Jack Straw has just issued a statement saying the proposals to close polling stations and cut voting hours are “simply unacceptable”:

I and other ministers had absolutely no knowledge about this exercise.

I make no complaint about that but now that it has gone public I make clear what I would have told officials privately: That these proposals are simply unacceptable.

The exercise has therefore ended. Democracy has to be paid for.

It must be the fastest U-turn on record.

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