Kicking AV into touch clearly isn't enough for the Tories. Now their house newspaper, the Telegraph, is going further, saying:
Why don’t we restrict votes to people who actually pay something into the system? No, I am not suggesting a return to property-based eligibility; although that system worked quite well when Parliament administered not just Britain but most of the world. Today, income would be a much better test, setting the bar as low as possible; perhaps including everyone who pays at least £100 of income tax each year.
That minimal requirement would include everyone who gets out of bed in the morning to go to work and could easily be extended to include, on grounds of fairness, several other groups. For example, all pensioners – because of the fiscal contributions to society they are likely to have paid earlier – and mothers – because of their contribution to defusing the ‘demographic time-bomb’ of an ageing population.
As they add:
This modest proposal would, however, exclude large numbers of people who have no ‘skin in the game’ and who may even comprise the majority of voters in some metropolitan areas today. Their contribution is not just negative in financial terms – they take out more than they put in – but likely to be damaging to the decisions taken by democracies.
Next, of course, they'll be suggesting the Work House.
And then internment camps.
And I'm not kidding.
That's where this logic leads.
It's frightening that a mainstream UK paper can publish something so both fundamentally anti-democratic and at the same time so akin to the sentiments that broke down societies in the 1930s.
This is really very, very nasty.
And it's Tory.