No wonder David Cameron is calling for a general election when just 39% of the vote will give him a landslide victory under our present system.
What we need is proper reform not one or two independent celebrity MPs (and that is all it will be) who will have no power in parliament - outnumbered by 400 or so Tory MPs.
Cameron is sacrificing a few old Tory grandees near retirement to spin his holier than thou image. But while he expects £20,000 of taxpayers money to go towards his mortgage on his gigantic country house, his spin is all hogwash. Why also are Tory MPs like Michael Gove allowed to 'flip' their mortgages and get no sanction from Cameron. Gove is no different from Hazel Blears and should get the same contempt.
I also think that the next 12 months will allow voters to be told exactly what Cameron's MPs have been up to. Cameron would prefer we have a quick election before all that - no wonder.
Alan Johnson has pointed out that all the groundwork has been done for electoral reform just a few years ago - we could just implement the Jenkins report which recommends 'the alternative vote plus' mark 1-2-3 on the ballot paper for a constituency candidate and 1-2-3 for a regional candidate. MPs would need to get 50% support in their constituency and regional MPs would make up 20% of parliament and produce a more proportional result. Under AV+, parties would need around 45% of the vote for a majority in parliament, still not a majority of votes to get a majority of seats but much better than the present situation where 35% can give you a landslide
The dream scenario is this :- Gordon Brown is removed this summer, Alan Johnson (or someone else) is installed by the party members for the party conference in September announcing an immediate general election in October coupled with a referendum on how we elect our MPs for the same day. It is a dream I know.