Labour's opposition to voter ID is understandable given their track record for election fraud, but the latest argument deployed smacks of desperation. Last week the hard left MP Navendu Mishra bemoaned the plight of the traveller community if such measures were implemented. The Stockport MP said that gypsies and Roma people already experience 'low levels of democratic engagement' without the need for ID at the ballot box.
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The very nature of the travelling community means that voting in elections is an unlikely prospect for many, as Mishra admits. Having already cut themselves off from mainstream society and with scant regard for participation in such things as paying taxes, this really is a desperate argument.