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In other news… electoral reform, bribery, sexy IT and paperwork problems

Will Straw has rightly taken the Conservative Party’s Baroness Warsi to task for not only trying to whip up fake scares about AV benefiting the BNP (who are actually against AV) but also for claiming that AV may make politicians try to appeal to the supporters of extremist parties when in fact her very own election literature did just that.

Ken Clarke is pushing on with implementing the Bribery Act – despite claims from Labour earlier in the year that the government could be about to delay implementing the Act indefinitely.

A Whitehall IT chief has admitted that, “Labour …

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The plans to cut election expenses may be dead but there are still lessons to learn

Blink and you might have missed it: first details of a discussion about ways to cut the costs of running elections are leaked and then Jack Straw promptly disowns them and kills off the discussion.

Given how weak the proposals were – and the relatively small sums involved – I think that was the right decision by Straw and, although he and Liberal Democrats are usually not the best of friends, I think there’ll be widespread agreement in the Lib Dems with his comment, “Democracy has to be paid for”. Ideas such as replacing the general election freepost leaflets with one booklet would go quite against the current appetitie from the public to hear more from individual candidates about what the believe and what they want to do.

There are, though, three lessons to learn from the ideas that were floated.

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  • User AvatarJoe Otten 30th Jun - 1:00pm
    Sound as always from Vince. I have resisted signing the petition for a rerun of the referendum for similar reasons. However, I don't think we...
  • User AvatarRoland 30th Jun - 1:00pm
    @david franks - I agree with your point, although I would include the UK press, in following their own agenda, have also contributed over the...
  • User AvatarJennie 30th Jun - 12:57pm
    You lost me at the immigration bit. Sorry, Vince.
  • User AvatarPeter Kemp 30th Jun - 12:53pm
    Add my house to the list :) 100% remain surrounded by leave ( I am in VERY conservative Broxbourne in Herts ) ;)
  • User AvatarMichael Beckett 30th Jun - 12:51pm
    A real tour de force on the way forward by Vince Cable.
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    @Steamdrivenandy: I do not know from where you derive your figures, but according to polls, Leave voters were considerably less than half of Labour (11%...