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What challenges might the future bring?

Challenge #1 – the electoral system

I nearly wrote this a few weeks ago, at which point it would have looked prophetic – writing it now just looks like I’m crowbarring it on the back of the rather sensational Yougov / Sun poll, news of which is breaking on Twitter.

Any number of people have taken the poll figures, Con: 33 (-4); Lab: 28 (-3); Lib Dem: 30 (+8), plugged them into UK Polling Report’s uniform swing calculator, and reeled, aghast at the revelation that our awful electoral system is so completely bust that it’s conceivable that the party …

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Cometh the hour, cometh PR?

It’s quiet in LDV Towers this afternoon as all the responsible editors have day job responsibilties.

We can always tell when we’re not talking about something our readers want to have their say on, because you kindly have your say on it anyway on whatever was the top post.

And today’s topic is clearly Call Me Dave’s speech on parliamentary reform, in which he sets out a series of Lib Dem policy proposals and pretends they’re new.  There’s no zealot like a recently converted zealot, but hang on a minute, Dave?  Power to the people?  Small government?  All of that is Liberalism 101, the first chapter from An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalism.  We’ve long held it dear, and we simply don’t believe you when we hear it from your lips.

As Lynne Featherstone said earlier today on her blog

There is stuff that Cameron’s said which I agree with – as you would expect given that many of the ‘ideas’ he puts forward in today’s Guardian are long-standing Liberal Democrat policies! Fixed-term parliaments, reducing of the power of the executive, cutting the number of MPs, devolving power to councils and empowering individuals. Transparency and accountability – definitely. Shame Cameron has had to be dragged kicking and screaming on these. But – to be fair – at least he is going out there.

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Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid-1 19th Sep - 2:28pm
    Every MP is elected to have a vote on the government of the entire state, not just a particular region. It's a really bad idea...
  • User AvatarPeter Chegwyn 19th Sep - 2:26pm
    I suggest it's Cameron who has the bigger problems with his MPs and with the Clacton by-election looming next month. Cameron's problems are only just...
  • User AvatarAllan Heron 19th Sep - 2:15pm
    Quite the opposite from Michael Forsyth actually. It was Labour's Kevia Dugdale who was doing the backtracking. The Labour Party remain the weak link in...
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 19th Sep - 2:07pm
    Maybe Ed had ought to do this, but surely from Labour's perspective PR and answering the WLQ is a lose-lose. It's not Conservative majorities that...
  • User AvatarRICHARD MORRIS 19th Sep - 2:04pm
    Genuinely confused by why everyone thinks Ed M's position on all this matters; if there are enough votes on the Tory and Lib Dem side...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 19th Sep - 1:54pm
    I don't think the SNP are necessarily strengthened. Particularly if the constitutional settlement goes according to timetable. This would mean the SNP would be unneeded...