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No New Politics

Nick Clegg shows more boldness on Parliamentary reform in two sentences than David Cameron managed in an entire double pager. Both party leaders were writing for The Guardian's A New Politics project. Yet where the Conservative Cameron promised Parliamentary proceedings to be broadcast on YouTube, the Liberal Democrat leader called for an elected House of Lords and sweeping changes to the UK's antiquated electoral system. The newspaper's leader column described Cameron's blueprint as "slippery" but Clegg sums it up best:

"... a masterful example of well-judged rhetoric free of substance and conviction... They [Cameron's plans] are designed, I fear, to provide verbal cover for maintaining the status quo."

Cameron's ridiculous opposition to electoral reform lends proof, as if it were needed given his Punch and Judy histrionics at question time, that he is not interested at all in reforming parliament. How can he claim that proportional representation gives more power to party elites? It is it not First Past the Post, our current electoral system, which has allowed Labour a commanding majority in the House of Commons despite securing only on 35% of the vote?

Yet the Tory leader is embarking on a depressingly effective game of double think, claiming it is power to the people that he wants while supporting a winner takes all system that leads to wasted votes, low turnouts, 500+ safe seats for party hacks, one party rule, a pliant parliament and a culture of greed that led to the expenses debacle.

To judge for yourself, read Clegg's article here. Cameron's proposals can be read here.

A cabinet of peers

Looking after chickens