If there was only one restaurant or supermarket in the town where you lived, you would probably be overcharged and find the service less responsive. Why do we run our political system like that?As analysis by Mark Thompson shows, there is already a strong link between seat safety and the MPs abusing the system. There is also a strong link between seat safety and voter turnout—that apathy meme that's going around about low turnout? It's mostly concentrated in seats that aren't going to change hands and the parties aren't even bothering campaigning in, perfectly rational behaviour. Have a look at this:
Reform must mean either open primary selections for sitting MPs, or multi-member constituencies. Or preferably both. It is time for the party that believes in competition and choice in business and commerce to apply those principles to politics.
The author is the Conservative MP for Harwich and Clacton
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