There has been a lot of interest in how Dr Grumble voted. Yesterday his junior staff asked how he would vote. He told them and he told them why. It could be educational for them to know and understand the reasons. Of course Grumble's vote was never going to make any difference. The result in his constituency was a foregone conclusion. It is like that for most of us. But we still think that voting is important and that we have a civic duty to do so.
Grumble met the returning officer. She was charming. She took his name and ticked him off. No identity checks as usual. The system is quaint. Dr Grumble thought as he voted that it was vulnerable and he was not altogether surprised to hear the stories of long queues resulting in people being deprived of this important but often useless democratic right.
A shed, a pencil and a bit of paper is all you need for our Victorian voting system but Dr Grumble thinks it might be time to move to doing it online. Could this be a government computer system that could be made to work? Or is that hoping for too much?