Thursday 18 August 2022

The Inside Track

A political party would probably draw the line at sending a ballot paper directly to you in prison. But if someone were forwarding official-looking envelopes to you from home while you were pleasuring Her Majesty, then let me assure you that you would have no difficulty voting in a membership organisation's internal election.

The declared winner of the Conservative Leadership Election will become Prime Minister within 24 hours, having been elected by people whose nationality did not qualify them to vote in parliamentary elections, by people who had never set foot in the United Kingdom, by 15-year-olds, at least potentially by patients of secure psychiatric institutions, and certainly by inmates of Her Majesty's Prisons, who will have had more say than Her Majesty herself.