Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain towards the end of January 2018 for about a month
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot
Saturday, 30 April 2005
OSCE team is to scrutinise UK election
A few years ago one might have been mildly insulted to think that our democracy was being put under the microscope by a bunch of outsiders. Personally I welcome the involvement of the OSCE, given the recent controversy over the integrity of postal voting, in particular, although I understand it will be rather low-key (11 monitors for a country with 60 million inhabitants). My hope, though, is that the report will neither be unnecessarily alarmist, nor unusually bland. We may be an 'old democracy', but I hope we are mature enough to receive sensible criticism in the right spirit.