I'd like to present some facts behind two salient elections in 2005. The UK had a general election and Iraq had its first democratic elections post-Saddam.
UK electorate - C 45 million
Iraqi electorate - C 15 million
UK turnout - C 60%
Iraqi turnout - C 70%
UK Est'd overseas voters - 3 to 4 million
Iraqi Est'd overseas voters - C 2 million
UK overseas votes - unknown - max 17,500
Iraqi overseas votes - 320,000
Us Brits really take democracy for granted, don't we? When we talk about spreading democracy, we should remember that we've also got a lot of homework to do.