Saturday, 8 May 2010
The time has come for electoral reform
Liam Fox on the Today programme this morning suggested that electoral reform was some sort of fringe issue alien to the great British public. Unlike, presumably, the Tories' plans to gerrymander the constituencies in England to embed a permanent Tory majority of seats. Since Labour and the Lib Dems favoured at least a referendum on electoral reform, and most of the smaller parties support it, this means that 60% of voters backed parties supportive of electoral reform with a voting system where everyone's vote counts. And 36% backed a party in favour of gerrymandering the existing constituencies. Nick Clegg should remember that in his discussions with David Cameron, and settle for nothing less than an early referendum on the issue.