Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Yes to Reform! No to Tories!

It's all been happening in Westminster lately and now we have calls for a fresh parliament and a general election. I have sympathy with these views but there is one major flaw - an immediate election is likely to result in a Conservative majority. And would a Cameron administration bring us the changes our parliament desperately needs? I think not.

Let's have the reforms first - proportional representation, fixed term parliaments, a written constitution, greater powers for parliament to hold government to account, a bill of rights, moves towards an English parliament and setting up an elected second chamber, fewer MPs etc.

Let's put these reforms, or as many of them, in place in the months ahead to set up a modern forward looking 21st century democracy - and then let's have the general election.

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