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For a long, long time, I've been arguing with people that the only way we're going to get a decent electoral system (as opposed to PR-by-the-numbers that Labour will consider) is to persuade the Conservative party of the case. Today, this looks to be a little bit closer:
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?

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
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:


{other links}
Janet Street-Porter: I'd be a lousy MP – and so would Esther - Janet Street-Porter, Commentators - The Independent
Seize this moment to bring in real constitutional change | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian
MP expenses, political corruption and the European elections | Nosemonkey’s EUtopia
Majority vs Turnout—2005 election results show turnout lowest in safest seats
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