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Tories Need Electoral Reform Too

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I would have thought it was obvious after the unsatisfactory result of this election that Tories need electoral reform too.  It should definitely not be a dealbreaker between the Tories and Lib Dems.  In fact, I’ll go further, David Cameron should offer a referendum on the issue – why not?

A redrawing of constituency boundaries so that each seat has the same number of voters would in itself be a more proportional form of representation.  I also think that a fixed term of office would lead to fairer and more sensible government.

David Cameron has an opportunity now to become prime minister and usher in a new, fairer, brighter politics.   If he misses this chance then he will have let down the British people as well as the Tory party and himself.  Brown, at last, thank God, is gone.  At least we can be grateful for that and, yes, eventually, he did find some dignity in his defeat.

New Politics?

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I’m optimistic.  Nick Clegg and David Cameron behaving like grown-ups, Paddy Ashdown singing David Cameron’s praises, Michael Gove giving Andrew Marr a one word answer that he would sacrifice his cabinet seat for the good of the nation.  It’s quite wonderful isn’t it?

You can be cynical if you want to be.  I’m dismayed at reports of the Tory old guard turning on Cameron for not gaining an overall majority.  Lord Tebbit has said some stupid things but then he is even more yesterday’s man than Gordon Brown.  He should get on his bike back into retirement.

No, I think there is every reason to be optimistic and we should encourage this biggest swing of all towards common sense.   The result of this election shows that the Tories need electoral reform just as much as any other party.  The nation certainly does.  Perhaps this is our equivalent of the election of Barack Obama?  Perhaps we have a future after all?

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 9, 2010 at 11:11 am