Jack Straw’s recent comments on why he wants PR have left me somewhat stunned.
I’ve been the MP for the Ribble Valley (next door to his Blackburn constituency) for 18 years and not once have I heard Jack Straw flying the flag for proportional representation. He tells us his conversion has been brought about because of the expenses scandal. What utter tosh.
He argues unrest with the expenses scandal means we need electoral reform which will miraculously stop abuses of a squalid expenses system.
If there is something wrong with the expenses system then radical reform of that system is necessary, but this has nothing to do with how we vote. (It might influence the way that we vote or indeed if we vote at all.)