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A Revolution in Parliament...

Having been a major supporter of Proportional Representation in the UK I can't say how pleased I am that it is *finally* being talked about as a real possibility again.
Politics, & the main political parties, in the UK are having a major shake-up & it seems (for now atleast) that major reforms look like becoming possible realities. I said that the Expenses Scandal that has completely swept through Parliament would have major knock-on effects (I'll be watching the European Elections in a couple of weeks with a lot of interest - I think they'll be some major upsets and many of the minor parties must be really looking at these elections with real glee for headhunting) and I seriously think that the time for smaller parties - & independent MPs - could come about in force if we see a General Election called within the next 12 months. People spoke about a summer of revolution & unrest in Europe - & although this wasn't what maybe people were talking about at the time I think we may see one.

Time For A Westminster Revolution (BBC News; Thursday 21st may 2009)

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mrmmarc
May. 21st, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
It is indeed about time PR was brought in.
If one good thing can come from this, that would be it.

I think you may be right about a summer of unrest.
However in many ways it a wonderfully British summer of unrest.
While across Europe there will be riots... here we will have political reform.
As we always do.

:)

tcpip
May. 22nd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Having been a major supporter of Proportional Representation in the UK I can't say how pleased I am that it is *finally* being talked about as a real possibility again.

Fantastic. That's great news.
hybridartifacts
May. 22nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I have also been a supporter of PR for years - but Im not convinced we will get it. I reckon they will do the bare minimum they can to address voter anger, the Tories will win the next election with the same sort of minority government we always have (though not with a big commons majority for once), there will be a lot more smaller parties with seats but little real power.
My big hope would be the Lib Dems winning the election but I still don't see any signs that will happen, and they are the only party who will seriously consider PR.

The one possible benefit of all this to me would be that the Labour Party will get severely hit, because they damn well deserve it for abandoning their principles under Blair and Brown and become more right wing than Thatcher was. The party finances are a mess and they seem to be loosing even more financial backers with all this expenses scandal business. I actually rather hope they will go completely bankrupt and the party collapses. Two party politics with the Lib Dems as second party would give them a better chance of power and PR (unless they suddenly reckoned it was no longer in their interests).

Then again, maybe will work out better than I would hope.
derekct
May. 22nd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Works very well in Scotland. The results have caused the major parties to work together for the good of the country. Labour got the kicking for not doing it last election.
lareinemisere
May. 22nd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
>if we see a General Election called within the next 12 months

Given that the latest possible date is 10 June 2010, it seems fairly likely that we'll at least know the date a year from now... ;)
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