In one great big long sledge awesome pommy left winger points out a few facts about electoral reform in Britain.
He starts off with a good rant.
We can all spot the signs. The excuses. The false rationalisation. The denial. “It’s OK. Just one more drink. I can handle it.”
This morning the Electoral Reform Society – those alcoholics of constitutional renewal – are back at the bar for one more (and only one more, you understand) late-night chaser. The last election was the “most disproportionate in British history”. Yes, they may have said that at the previous election. And the one before that. But this time they really, really mean it.
Then he nails Darren Hughes’ outfit with some facts.
The first thing to do is make them face up squarely to their past behaviour. Four years ago we had a referendum on electoral reform. The electoral reformers told us this was the chance to say “Yes to fairer votes”. In fact, it wasn’t just a chance, but a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the way we do politics in the UK”. So off we went to the polling stations, and we voted on it. Six million people (32 per cent) voted to change the system. 13 million (68 per cent) voted to keep it.