Gordon Brown ‘calls for debate’ on the voting system
Now imagine an electoral system by which they might all be elected to Parliament.
Well, not Myra Hindley – because she is dead.
It is rumoured that the Prime Minister has realised that Labour will not win the next general election under First Past the Post, so he has decided to change it to a more proportionate system: not quite Proportional Representation, but most likely the Alternative Vote system. It is not likely to be the Single Transferable Vote system because that removes all safe seats. The Alternative Vote would boost the prospects of the Liberal Democrats (seemingly everyone’s second preference), and it would probably keep the Conservatives in the wilderness for another forty years.
The Prime Minister has not actually decided to change to any of these: he simply wants to have the debate.
Anything to deflect the electorate from the appalling state of the economy, the electoral woes of Labour, and the abject failures of this Government.
It is a bit rich for Gordon Brown to open this debate now. There was, after all, no mention in Labour’s last manifesto about changing the voting system; indeed, we were assured that Tony Blair would serve a full third term and they pledged a referendum on the Constitution for Europe or the Lisbon Treaty or whatever it’s called.
And the Prime Minister now keeps saying ‘voters want me to get on with the job’.
Actually, we don't.
But those few who do would not agree that 'the job' involves moving the electoral goal-posts in order to gerrymander a perpetual Labour-LibDem coalition government.
The nightmare must have an end.
Or is New Labour going to be the only government in the history of democracy to extinguish even the light at the end of the tunnel?