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The last Conservative Liberal coalition attempted it - at the insistence of the lib dems - but the effort was sabotaged by the Conservatives and opposed by Labour as it challenged their two party duopoly. I will leave it to Helen and others here closer to the action to comment on the campaigns, but to the outsider it just seemed like another successful attempt by the establishment to dupe the rubes...

The UK experience of running referenda really isn't that good... A lack of political awareness and education allied to the dominance of the Oligarch controlled media and a supine BBC doesn't help.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 11:27:24 AM EST
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Largely like the brexit referendum, it was stupdly done for a stuid reason.

The LibDems were totally shafted by the tories during the coalition, t which they contributed 50 votes. Compare this with the vast cargoes of goodies the DUP seem to be able to extract almost at will for the grudging supply of 6 votes.

Camern deliberately chose the worst version of proportional representation, one that even the Libems found difficult to support and Labour were happy to reject. It was badly explained with the tory press gleefully supplying boilerplate condemnation of the very concept of PR. It never stood a chance and went down in flames.

I voted for it, not because I thought it was a good version of PR, but because it challenged the stasis inherent in the status quo. The biggest probem in the british electoral system is that most of the constituencies represent jobs for life. there is no chance, under FPTP, that they will ever change hands. Of 6oo+ constitencies, 50 changing hands is a landlside.

I still think Labour wre wrong to oppose it, but under the pathetic "leadership" of Ed Miliband I can't say I was surprised.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 09:01:08 PM EST
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