Thinking electoral reform has a future in our lifetime is plain potty

First Past the Post (FPTP) is here to stay in House of Commons elections for quite some time. Electoral reformers need to get used to that. AV may have been the electoral reform that nobody really wanted but Proportional Representation (PR) would have fared little better. The case for PR is more substantial and has many enthusiastic advocates,  but quite a few who were pro-AV are anti-PR, the public would still have been unmoved, and the Clegg factor would have been even more decisive. It’s not that the public will never vote for constitutional change. They did vote for devolution, second time around (just about, in Wales) because it gave them more power as well as more politicians. Unfortunately, electoral reform doesn’t give the people more power, it just shuffles it about a bit. Continue reading