11 May 2010
Blairites Prefer Tories In Power
It seems Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have blown any chance of a Lib-Lab deal along with John Reid and Tom Harries. Their opposition to AV and PR has blown it all out of the water. The last minute offer from the Tories of a referendum on AV has probably sealed the deal. Nobody has got what they wanted. The Lib Dems don't get PR, Labour go into opposition (though this is what a lot of bastard Tory-lite Labour MPs did want in preference to giving us democracy) and the Tories have to share power and offer a referendum on reforming our voting system. This seems more like democracy to me, and for those who think spending the weekend negotiating is too much trouble and we should just hand all the power to a party with just 36% of the vote, in the words of Will Self - 'There is nothing I can say to people who oppose electoral reform, it is like opposing the 1834 Reform Act' [the Act that first extended the franchise].