Thursday, June 16, 2011
No, Nick ! I don't agree with you.
Liberal democrats have always called for parliamentary reform. Now we're in government, what's the score ?
1. Electoral reform: AV lost, PR forgotten
2. House of Lords reform: unlikely to overcome opposition of Tory, Labour and half of LD peers.
3. Err, that's it.
The price for this immense cock-up is a reduction in parliamentary constituencies accompanied by a massive redrawing of boundaries which will focus chiefly on size and ignore any idea of community, cost the Liberal Democrats 14 seats and provide regular opportunities for gerrymandering every few years. Meanwhile the UK's bloated executive will remain the same size and the whips will dominate the House of Commons even more.