[email protected]… Nick Clegg: MPs’ holiday betrayal

Over at The Guardian’s Comment Is Free website, Nick Clegg argues that a Westminster stitch-up has seen both main parties dodge reform demands in the dash for the recess door. Here’s an excerpt:

If someone had told me two months ago, in the middle of the expenses scandal, that MPs would go on their summer break without having rewritten the rules of British politics, I wouldn’t have believed it. I thought the public demand for change was, for once, overwhelming. Yet, scandalously, that’s what’s happened. …

It is easy to understand the resistance to reform from the Conservatives. Maintenance of the status quo has always been the party’s hallmark. … Labour, however, was supposed to be a party of progress and reform. As I look across at the rows of listless Labour MPs in parliament, it is hard to remember the optimism and energy Labour had after its victory in 1997. Twelve years on, it has begun to mimic all governments who outstay their welcome – putting their own interests ahead of reform.

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