Many of us recognise the sickness that our democracy is suffering from. The Boundary Commission Review is not going to help cure that sickness.
JONATHAN Bartley, the co-leader of the Green Party, has slammed the Conservative party for ignoring the ‘sickness that afflicts our democracy’, while pushing forward with changes which ‘strengthen their grip on power’.
He said, “Only a Government with a profoundly skewed set of priorities would plough ahead with this boundary review while ignoring the deep-rooted sickness that afflicts our democracy. If Ministers were in the least bit serious about enhancing our democracy then they would immediately bring forward proposals for an elected second chamber, rather than continuing to use the House of Lords as a retirement village for their friends.”
If the Government want to improve democracy they would look at bringing forward proposals for a fair voting system. Giving every voter an equal say is the priority of any voting system.
The co-leader of The Green Party went on to say, “We’ll be pouring over the details of the (Boundary commission), proposals in the coming days – and making representations where we see unfair changes. As a principle, of course, we want to see constituencies of an equal size – but we won’t stand by and watch while the Conservatives force through changes simply to strengthen their grip on power.
“Whatever the eventual results of the boundary changes it’s crystal clear that progressives need to be working from the grassroots to find the best way to beat the Conservatives at the next general election. Our public services – and in particular our NHS – will not survive another Government like this one. We need to urgently look at how we can work together to bring about a progressive Government and a fair voting system.”
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