Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Time for another Great Reform Actb

At a meeting of Wokingham Liberal Democrats on Monday 22nd September, Clive Jones expressed his views about the recent Scottish referendum. He welcomed the vote to stay in the United Kingdom and called for greater political reforms in the coming months. For example, 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote in the recent Scottish referendum. "They should be allowed to vote in the 2015 General Election as well," said Clive Jones.

The assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales and the Scottish Parliament are all elected by a system of proportional representation. Over the next few months there will be a discussion about a Parliament for England and enhanced powers for English voters. Clive said, "Any English Parliament must be elected by a system of proportional representation. It's worked well in the other three parts of the UK. There is no reason why it won't work in England as well. PR has produced majority governments in both Wales and Scotland. It could do the same in England and it could produce Coalitions.
"The short-term fix proposed by David Cameron is an attempt to get back some of the voters his Conservatives have lost to UKIP. Our First-Past-The-Post system is producing 'Rotten Boroughs' on the same scale that was happening prior to the 1832 Great Reform Act (which was passed by a Liberal government). How can it be right that Boris Johnson is already certain that he will be returned as the new MP for Uxbridge in 2015, before any votes have been cast? The arrogance of the Conservatives in Uxbridge and elsewhere, as well as Labour in many seats across the UK, is breath-taking. Electors are treated with contempt by these two political parties. They know this corrupt system will give them huge blocks of seats at Westminster.

"There has to be real change; it's what the country is expecting", he said. Clive added: "As Scotland gets the new powers promised to them by the three main party leaders last week, the opportunity should be taken to give the whole country a NEW AND FAIR voting system and an extension of the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds".