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EXACTLY two decades ago Tony Blair was elected to lead Labour in Government. His first task should have been to amend First Past the Post voting system to AV which is only a Ranking Preferential voting system, which would have recovered the two party systems which was being diminished by the emergence of significant minor parties.

Now, the Labour Party is suffering the consequences of that failure. And soon the Conservative Party will implode because its very existence depends upon a strong Labour Party.

The relationship between two major political parties like Conservative and Labour, or Socialist and Republican in France, is symbiotic. That means that they need each other to justify their existence.

With the failure of one, so sees the decline of the other. The Conservative Party's sense of entitlement to govern and to crush Labour will inevitably see the party also eventually go into decline.

In 1997 the landslide victory of Labour did not subsequently result in a bright future because its existence was compromised by the Conservative party's weak opposition. During the decade of the Noughties, Labour lost nearly five million supporters, the Conservative Party nearly four million and turnout declined by three million, while support for significant minor parties was rising.

Democracy was failing and politics becoming corrupted.

That fate is what Conservatism has got to look forward to.

The 2010 election produced a hung parliament, and the 2011 AV referendum could only be characterised as a sham because, with only a 35 per cent turnout, the bulk of the electorate was confused by a weak Labour campaign against a false campaign of lies presented by the Conservative Party.

The 2013 Eastleigh by-election in which the UKIP candidate came close to defeating the Lib Dem incumbent, while Conservative support from 2010 was halved, influenced Prime Minister Cameron to trigger the EU referendum in an attempt to halt the decline of Conservatism. The recent Public Administration and Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee of cross party MPs found the referendum was a "bluff" to silence eurosceptic Conservative MPs and UKIP. In other words, not a democratic exercise to seek advice from the electorate.

It was also a coup against Labour who found itself in the unenviable position of agreeing to a political instead of a constitutional referendum which bound it to accept the result. Ironically, the 48/52 per cent inconclusive outcome of Turkey's referendum clearly revealed that Britain's referendum result was also not sufficiently conclusive to provide a mandate to trigger Article 50 which has forced Ms May to call an early election to obtain a back dated mandate.

Kenneth R Jarrett, Bournville.

The Conservative Party's sense of entitlement to govern and to crush Labour will inevitably see the party also eventually go into decline

Kenneth R Jarrett

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Date:Apr 28, 2017
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