A note to those seeking to make Electoral Reform "Nick Clegg's problem".

An email I sent to 38 degrees today in response to https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/contribute/PR

Why is all the pressure for electoral reform being put on Nick Clegg? After all, he represents (due to the wonders of FPTP) less than 10% of the MPs who could affect this, and it's Brown or Cameron that could allow reform to go ahead, not him.

I voted for the Lib Dems and for Clegg, and I want PR. I was at the demonstration on Saturday. I wrote to him as a Lib Dem member on Friday to urge him to act in the best interests of both the country and party by sticking to Lib Dem core policies including Electoral Reform. But I'm finding it very odd that many people who didn't support the Lib Dems in the election now think that Nick is now beholden to them to fix an electoral system that's left his party a minnow among the old whales, particularly when they seem to be offering him no support in doing so; in fact, they offer little more than masked threats.

I'll back the promotion of PR in the national press, and I'll hit the streets again to support it. But I won't help promote the idea that this is somehow entirely Clegg's responsibility and that neither Cameron nor Brown have a responsibility to us. Clegg's got enough on his plate without being set up as a scapegoat for the failure of Labour or the Conservatives to finally reform our discredited electoral system.
Posted by parsingphase, 2010-05-09 15:04

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