Kevin Maguire: Shooting yourself in both feet.
Byline: Kevin Maguire
TALK of shooting yourself in both feet.
Labour secures an historic third term - and a group of Labour MPs immediately argue the party should give up power.
The smallish if vocal assembly wants to change the way we vote by replacing first-past-the-vote (FPTP) with proportional representation.
The result would be fewer Labour MPs, more Tories, extra Liberal Democrats and a coalition government.
A Labour-Lib Dem team led by Gordon Brown or a Tory-Lib Dem pact with Michael Howard in No 10? Both would be possible. That the call for change is led by Lord Lipsey, a Labour peer who couldn't vote on May 5, adds to the absurdity.
Ironically the reformers shouting loudly now were hit hard at the election by the very Lib Dems who stand to gain most. A report by the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform The Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform (LCER) is a movement within the British Labour Party for electoral reform particularly of the first past the post system in House of Commons constituencies and the undemocratic House of Lords. See also
"The Parliamentary Labour Party In UK politics, the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) is the parliamentary party of the Labour Party in Parliament: Labour MPs as a collective body.
Commentators on the British Constitution sometimes draw a distinction between the Labour Party (which was created outside has become less pluralist, closer to its traditional positions including FPTP, unless there is untapped support among the class of 2005 Labour MPs," admits the campaign. "The Lib Dems cannot make up for the work that the Labour reformers have done. Ironically they have made the overall complexion of the House of Commons House of Commons: see Parliament. more hostile to change."