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Brown to propose electoral reform

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LeninGrad Tue 09-Jun-09 19:23:38

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EachPeachPearMum Tue 09-Jun-09 21:00:16

Unbelievable.
The sheer gall of the man!
Ruling party about to lose power so they change the law... Zimbabwe anyone? erm no- Britain.
Utterly shameful.

hannahsaunt Tue 09-Jun-09 21:30:51

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the prime minister's statement will not endorse a change of voting system nor any particular system but it will call for a debate on whether the electoral system should be changed and which new system could be adopted. It will not set out a timetable for any change.

Why unbelievabe? Why shameful? Surely it's what everyone has been asking for in the last few weeks? Shame on you.

SomeGuy Tue 09-Jun-09 21:34:00

This is fucking shameful. The Labour party in their 1997 manifesto promised this. Then they won a thumping majority and said 'up yours' to the Lib Dems whom they'd been reaching out to with their PR promise.

Now, 12 years, when they are at 90 year lows, they have suddenly gone back to 1997 again.

Pull the other one Gordon.

SomeGuy Tue 09-Jun-09 21:35:12

That 1997 promise:
"We are committed to a referendum on the voting system for the House of Commons. An independent commission on voting systems will be appointed early to recommend a proportional alternative to the first-past-the-post system."

happywomble Tue 09-Jun-09 21:40:02

It is shameful as they are not actually going to do anything to make the voting system fairer before the next election. It is something which sounds good until you read the detail which is they are just going talk but not do anything..gives the impression of reform but no reform will take place.

The tories will then get in with a landslide (but less than 50% of the vote). They will see no need to change the system as it would give them fewer seats and so on.

I think the only chance of voting reform will be in the case of a hung parliament with the lib dems having some say.

EachPeachPearMum Tue 09-Jun-09 21:48:40

hannahsaunt it is shameful because some parties have been calling for PR for years yet when it wouldn't benefit Labour they always shouted it down. Now, when they will benefit from it they are changing their tune.

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