Here is the calling note from the Friends of the Library of Birmingham.
The Ultimate Insult: How about this for a diary note?
Elections frequently don’t seem to change much but I went along to my local polling booth (a Moseley Primary School) on 7 May to cast votes for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the local elections and (grudgingly and in the absence of any other supportable candidate) Labour in the Parliamentary job to kick out the Tories.
At 2:00pm the rear gate and entrance to the school was heavily bolted and this meant a walk of about 15 minutes to the only other entrance to the building. I mentioned the locked back gate to the officials issuing the voting papers in the school assembly hall and it seemed council spending cuts meant the rear gate had to be locked because there was no caretaker in a council building being used as a public polling station. Quite unbelievable!
One of the officials pointed out that somebody from a nearby sheltered housing scheme had been into the school to express concern that the locked back gate effectively meant others from the scheme may have found the 15 minute walk to the only entrance beyond their physical capabilities.
So we now have the ultimate insult where, on top of all the other attacks on jobs and services, the seemingly endless cycle of spending cuts may have indirectly led to some people not being allowed to exercise their right to vote.
* How much worse can things get?