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Opinion: Achievable electoral reform for 2015

Securing an initial cross-party agreement is rarely enough to deliver constitutional reform. The dilemma for proponents of proportional voting is that such a fundamental change will always require a lengthy period of consultation. This time is a boon for the backroom operators in the big parties looking to backpedal, backstab, and poison the water. Ask Labour or the Tories for proper voting reform and what you will get is a long-term commitment that is lukewarm and effectively worthless.

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Opinion: Cameron is wrong on AV and dog-tired governments

Cameron launched a paternalistic attack on potential Yes to AV Voters in The Evening Standard this week. I would have commented earlier but I was incredulous that such arguments could be put across to persuade people against voting for AV in the forthcoming referendum.

The strongest reason Cameron dictated was that FPTP allowed the public to kick out “dog-tired” governments. The irony therein is that the Coalition has created fixed term parliaments.

As a result, a “dog-tired” government can only be removed with a motion of no confidence outside of this period. The last Motion of No Confidence was

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  • User AvatarMichael Sammon 15th Dec - 3:14am
    Good luck squaring that circle between liberals, centrists and socialists. It's a non starter. This isn't American politics and nor should it become so. All...
  • User AvatarMichael Sammon 15th Dec - 3:11am
    We never got into government when we were more left wing and Labours shift to the left was always going to squeeze us in that...
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    Tories win an election by appealing to northern working class. Lib Dems want to go into the next one by appealing to a university elite....
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 15th Dec - 2:31am
    Lord Adonis offers his perspective to both Labour and Libdems in this “period of reflection” . https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/election-labour-lib-dems-leader-change-policy-tony-blair-centre-a9247156.html highlighting five key points "a successful Labour or...
  • User Avatarfrankie 15th Dec - 2:10am
    A party of just you then David, all the yellow book leaders have left for greener pastures. Tis sad for you but true.
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    Our increased membership has drawn a large number of remain fanatics into the party who, with Getting Brexit Done, will now melt away. I see...
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