Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Heffer on fixed term Parliaments

Heffer's condemnation of the risible notion of fixed term Parliaments in the Telegraph today says all I would wish about the nonsense of the proposal.

However, he misses the proximate driver for this change; the new rules on party spending in the year before an election. Make no mistake, the parties are pushing through this change not for reasons of improved democracy or better governance but solely for the convenience of better managing their electoral budgets.

As an example of fiddling with our democratic structures to suit the incumbent parties, it stinks. 

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