As The Guardian reports:
The Labour’s party’s national policy forum report agreed at the weekend … contained wording on electoral reform [for the House of Commons] that campaigners who favour proportional representation is significant.
This issue is problematic for Labour. At the party conference last year there was an overwhelming vote in favour of PR. But Keir Starmer is not keen, and PR has not been adopted as policy.
However, the NPF document does criticise first past the post. It says:
“The flaws in the current voting system are contributing to the distrust and alienation we see in politics, but there is no consensus for a new system. Any proposed change to our voting system must be carefully thought-through – it cannot be dictated by political leaders or forced upon the country from the top down.”
It’s a rather tortured compromise. Certainly Labour campaigners for electoral reform deserve credit for achieving at least the first sentence in the face of resistance from Keir Starmer’s team. But then the second sentence goes on to kick the first sentence into an implausible long grass.
The contrast between the two sentences reflects Labour’s long-running vacillations over electoral reform for the Commons and elections of any sort for the Lords. They more power they have to implement either, the less keen on both Labour becomes.
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