Quangos, councils, media outlets, even the police are apparently content to apply unequal restrictions to those of us whose views they dislike.
If we do not update the rules governing our elections and referendums, their credibility faces a perfect storm of threats.
A proportional distribution of seats within multi-member wards would achieve greater fairness and more competition.
Claims that there is no case for them beyond the interests of the Conservative Party ring hollow in the face of the Electoral Commission’s support.
The Electoral Reform Society calculates that a tiny change in votes would have given May a bare majority last spring. But how much difference would this have made?
Labour require ID checks for new members – yet show a less rigour when it comes to voting by the wider electorate.
We need devolution for England’s counties as well as its cities – and that can’t simply be imposed from the centre.