Local politics

Let’s have proper decentralisation and electoral reform for the whole of the UK

As I write, I’m listening to Any Answers on Radio 4. Caller after caller thinks we should have more democracy across the UK. They also poor scorn on the “back of the envelope” Cameron plan to have English MPs  deciding about England. We really need a serious constitutional convention to introduce proper reforms. Including devolved powers to regions of England and a proportional representation system of voting.

Will the Conservative and Labour politicians listen to these callers? No. That’s partly because any serious devolution would have to hand people a new voting system. And every time that happens – Scotland, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland, London, the new voting system is always some form of proportional representation – because it’s so obviously fairer and more democratic than First Past the Post. First Past the Post is a Victorian invention way past its sell-by date.

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