UK Labour MPs launch opposition (FWD)

David Catchpole s349436 at
Sun Nov 1 20:08:18 PST 1998

On the note of growing division within socialist parties with
respect to electoral systems; two focii to concentrate on in the near
future will be Australia and a state within it- Queensland. Queensland
sees its second just-short-of-a-majority-by-one government after Labor
thrashed conservatives on Two-Party-Preferred but had to rely on the
confidence of an independent. Australia as a whole sees a conservative
government which just shouldn't be there; Labor has the majority of the
two-party-preffered vote. Demographics have been responsible for three
recent close-to-hung-or-misrepresenting parliaments, and I for one as a
member of Labor am committed to reform. There are more than a few
parallels in the results of UK elections in the 80s and early 90s...

On Fri, 30 Oct 1998 DEMOREP1 at wrote:

> My standard comment- power corrupts, minority rule gerrymander power corrupts
> absolutely (with due respect to Lord Acton) --
> ---------
> UK Labour MPs launch opposition to election change
> LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A group of MPs from Britain's ruling Labour Party
> launched a campaign on Friday to oppose any change in the voting system used
> in parliamentary elections, following recommendations for a switch to
> proportional representation. 

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