Possession of ID is uneven in the UK, with those short on time and money less likely to have the required paperwork. These plans will make it harder for those already having a tough time to have their say.
Making it harder to vote comes at a high price. At a cost of up to £20m per election – the government’s own figures – this is a colossal waste of energy and resources at a time when we should be focusing on the UK’s recovery.
Ministers should focus on the real problems facing our democracy instead, not least the nine million missing from the electoral roll, and Westminster’s warped political system.