LibLink: Andrew Duff – Europe gripped by UK election

Over at the Financial Times, Lib Dem MEP Andrew Duff offers a European perspective on the UK’s general election – and finds the continent as gripped as the rest of us by Thursday’s national poll:

In Brussels and across Europe there has been a surge of interest in the British general election campaign. People had more or less accepted that David Cameron would form a Conservative government, probably with a large majority, but now the outcome looks far from certain. …

Yet the thing that has galvanised continental political interest is the exposure of the iniquity of British electoral procedure. That Mr Brown could come third in terms of the popular vote yet still retain the largest number of seats in the Commons, and return as prime minister, is thought to be scandalous. Indeed, if such a result were to be declared in any benighted east European country, MEPs would pass cross resolutions about corruption and the abuse of fundamental rights.

Whatever comes out in the wash after May 6, a change to a system of proportional representation in Britain, where seats won at Westminster broadly match votes cast in the country, is a precondition for the rehabilitation of Britain’s reputation as a democracy.

You can read the rest of Andrew’s article here.

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  • Paul McKeown 4th May '10 - 9:59am

    But what is all about?

    Needs explanation, surely electoral reform is a Liberal Democrat sine qua non? Surely NC is talking purely about giving confidence and supply to a credible minority government, or is more intended?

  • Paul McKeown 4th May '10 - 10:32am

    Yes, I understand and accept the four pre-conditions; they promise a better future for the country. I don’t understand, though, how this article talks about dropping one of them. LD’s should give NC, his front-bench and the parliamentary party as much manoeuvring room as they need, but surely this makes no sense?

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