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.
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