Saturday, 8 May 2010

An openletter to theLibDems: Proportional Representation now!

 
[I have sent this Open Letter to those LibDem MPs who I know personally. Why not do the same?]
 
 I know that you will be very busy right now. Indeed, it is because of the cause of that busy-ness that I am writing today.
 I'm writing to ask that you use your influence to try to help ensure that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for real electoral reform is not lost. From my teenage years, as part of the Fair Votes campaign and petition, through all my years in the LibDems, and (then) in the Green Party, I, like you, have been a consistent and passionate advocate of PR surrounded by other such advocates. Whether you make a deal with the Tories, or (as I would hope and prefer) a 'progressive majority' deal with Labour and the other Parties of the centre-Left at Westminster (including the Greens), I would urge you to insist upon proportional representation - on AMS, STV, or a proportional form of AV-plus - as part of that deal. The number of votes that it took to elect a LibDem at this election (letalone the number it took to elect the first Green MP) is entirely and quite grotesquely disproportionate to the number needed to elect a Labour or Tory MP. So, now is not the time to ease off what we have collectively been insisting upon for so long. Britain's political system is broken - PR is part of what is needed to heal it. Crises are there for a reason - so that real change can be made, to heal what is in crisis, what is broken.
Faithfully,
Rupert Read.
[Former LibDem activist and now a Green Party Councillor]
Norwich. 

11 Comments:

Anonymous Paul Morris said...

Good letter Rupert. I agree entirely.

Votes per seat were: CON 34,989; Lab 33,350; LibDem 119,788; Green 285,616. Time to demand proportional representation http://bit.ly/electoral_reform

8 May 2010 at 12:05  
Anonymous Jon said...

Please don´t do ANY deal. Let the Tories make their own mess. Everybody sees that PR needs to be implemented anyway. The Tory government will not last long without a majority, they will not be able to implement their manifesto and another election will need to happen again this year. If you sell your soul to the highest bidder, you will lose all credibility forever.

8 May 2010 at 12:21  
Blogger Jo Simmonds (nee Anglezarke) said...

http://weekisalongtime.blogspot.com/2010/05/email-lib-dem-mps-about-pr.html

38 Degrees are running a campaign which people can participate in.

8 May 2010 at 14:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rupert Read you are misleading people again - you were never a Lib Dem activist.

8 May 2010 at 14:48  
Blogger Sleeve Art said...

Rupert Read is misleading again - he was never an activist

8 May 2010 at 14:50  
Blogger David Cox said...

Based on policy, it’s true to say there’s more common ground between the Greens, Lib Dems and Labour. A Lib Dem/Lab/Green pact (assuming the Alliance MP takes the Lib Dem whip and SDLP continue to take the Labour whip) based on electoral reform, would be my preference. However the combined forces of Lib Dem, Green and Labour MPs is not enough to secure a majority for any form of programme for government, even with the SNP and PC it would just about be a majority. Even if the Labour leadership is prepared to concede a referendum on electoral reform, I doubt they can persuade some of the (small C) conservative Labour MPs to support it. Unfortunately the numbers don’t stack up to support a deal that will last. I can’t think of a worse scenario for the Lib Dems and Greens, being seen as keeping a losing Labour party in government in exchange for a referendum on electoral reform which they don’t deliver, leading to another general election – handing the Conservatives a working majority. RR was a Lib Dem activist, and on the YSD NC if memory serves.

8 May 2010 at 17:27  
Blogger Paul said...

Anon & Sleeve Art

Not quite true - when I was a LibDem cllr in Norwich, whilst I never met Rupert then, I was aware that we had a new deliverer called Rupert Read getting our Focus leaflets out.

Paul McAlenan

8 May 2010 at 20:29  
Blogger Paul said...

David Cox turns my 'not quite true' into 'definitely true'

8 May 2010 at 20:59  
Blogger Paul said...

Anon & Sleeve Art

Get your facts right before trying to make any smart-arse comments

8 May 2010 at 21:03  
Blogger Rupert said...

Thanks Paul.
Sleeve Art - I will ignore your bizarre and somewhat hilarious comment.
Anonymous - for God's sake stop posting rubbish / lies. I was in the SDP / LibDems for EIGHTEEN YEARS!!! I was elected National Treasurer of the Young Social Democrats; I was elected and ran the SDP Club at Oxford (300 members); I was very active in campaigns to try to get Huhne and Adonis (!! - that dates me) elected to Parliament and Council, etc etc etc.

9 May 2010 at 11:41  
Anonymous Man in the street said...

You were responsible for Huhne and Adonis? And a Lib Dem for 18 years?

I knew you were an arse but you surpass yourself here. I'd keep quiet about that as too many people can't abide you already.

Good to see Clegg shafting us all with a tawdry deal with the Toffs. I hope you didn't take away votes from other parties and let in the Lib Dems so they could do this - oh yeah, Norwich!

Thanks.

9 May 2010 at 12:31  

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[I have sent this Open Letter to those LibDem MPs who I know personally. Why not do the same?]
 
 I know that you will be very busy right now. Indeed, it is because of the cause of that busy-ness that I am writing today.
 I'm writing to ask that you use your influence to try to help ensure that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for real electoral reform is not lost. From my teenage years, as part of the Fair Votes campaign and petition, through all my years in the LibDems, and (then) in the Green Party, I, like you, have been a consistent and passionate advocate of PR surrounded by other such advocates. Whether you make a deal with the Tories, or (as I would hope and prefer) a 'progressive majority' deal with Labour and the other Parties of the centre-Left at Westminster (including the Greens), I would urge you to insist upon proportional representation - on AMS, STV, or a proportional form of AV-plus - as part of that deal. The number of votes that it took to elect a LibDem at this election (letalone the number it took to elect the first Green MP) is entirely and quite grotesquely disproportionate to the number needed to elect a Labour or Tory MP. So, now is not the time to ease off what we have collectively been insisting upon for so long. Britain's political system is broken - PR is part of what is needed to heal it. Crises are there for a reason - so that real change can be made, to heal what is in crisis, what is broken.
Faithfully,
Rupert Read.
[Former LibDem activist and now a Green Party Councillor]
Norwich. 
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