Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough, is the latest to join the chorus of Conservative back-benchers huffing and puffing about the "unfairness" of the LibDems' proposal to scupper plans for constituency boundary changes ("Tory MP says Cameron should sack rebel LibDems", The Herald, August 10).
Do they really believe their own words about fairness and democracy, or are we again seeing the pernicious self-interest that led to the expenses scandal?
The fair way to deal with the boundaries issue is to move to multi-member constituencies and use of the single transferable vote, which is immune to boundary changes and could be used to implement a reduction in MP numbers. This would avoid interminable Boundary Commission wrangles and arbitrary decisions. The Tory proposal simply embeds the first-past-the-post system and accentuates its unfairness.
The Lords reform proposal was not too great either. It would have led to directly elected representatives, which the same back-benchers oppose on the grounds it would legitimise the Lords. But a party-list election system for the Lords would only have given more power to the parties.
Mr Jackson should heed Tory minister Jeremy Browne, who said: "If there's an area we can't agree on, we put that to one side."
Thomas GF Gray,
4a Auchinloch Road, Lenzie.
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