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Richard Wood is a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and works in Westminster. He runs Upgrade Holyrood and often writes for on democracy issues. He is also currently standing for election to the Electoral Reform Society’s Council.

The government is levelling down democracy: we must redouble our electoral reform efforts

The UK government’s Elections Bill and the repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act are part of a clear strategy to entrench Conservative dominance and weaken our democratic foundations.

Rather than merely oppose calls for positive change – such as perpetual Conservative opposition to Proportional Representation and begrudgingly working within the framework of fixed-term parliaments – this government is on the offensive. We must push back against these regressive changes with our positive vision of a fairer, more inclusive and truly representative democracy.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act isn’t perfect but fixing parliamentary term-lengths and election dates created an even playing field for elections. With fixed terms, all parties know when the next election will take place and can plan accordingly, while also allowing flexibility for early elections. The pre-coalition system gave an unfair advantage to the prime minister of the day. If presented with the opportunity, we must reverse this government’s decision to recreate that uneven playing field.

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  • Nonconformistradical
    @Simon R I'm making the assumption that this is about higher paid bankers - investment bankers etc. But actually I feel the banking industry sometimes forge...
  • Barry Lofty
    For the majority of us, life goes on without any noticeable difference!...
  • Katharine Pindar
    It's difficult not to feel outrage about some statements of the Chancellor in this budget. I heard him saying about reducing the taper rate for working people o...
  • Simon R
    @Nonconformistradical: Are you saying that someone who works in banking should pay a higher tax rate than someone earning the same salary/etc. who works in anot...
  • Nonconformistradical
    But perhaps the bankers should be paying more in tax overall in the hope that less of the burden might fall on the less well-off?...
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