Kevin Maguire: Shooting yourself in both feet.
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 concedes it is unlikely to succeed in this Parliament.
"The Parliamentary Labour Party 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 more hostile to change."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 18, 2005|
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