On Monday whilst pottering around London between food and film I meandered past the LibDem flashmob at Trafalgar Square. It was an awkward affair, not least because yellow isn’t always the most flattering colour. Not sure why but I commented to a friend that the square would probably be busier this weekend with an inevitable campaign for fair votes.
Lo and behold:
Now there are the usual convenient half truths backing this demonstration including the inevitable
if enough of us get involved the demand for change will be irresistible!
Oh, if only. It won’t be like that, there’s going to need to be a lot of pressure to keep reform at the heart of the political agenda. Many Tories are busily pushing out the line that no-one was demanding electoral reform on the doorstep. That’s irrelevant. What matters is what can we do to ensure we are adequately governed. They are right that we need some form of strong government, but to me that can only come from a Westminster that is more inclusive and open to smaller parties both electorally and procedurally. It is madness that TV gave Clegg a fairer platform than the house of parliament ever could. If our politicians can agree the rules necessary to run unprecedented debates on television they can surely agree to improve our system of government and debate.
So I’m going to go and potter about in Trafalgar Square again, turnout for this could be slim, but I don’t care. I’ve spent over a decade believing in electoral reform and it’s about time I got off my backside and did something about it.