Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

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verb (used with object), finagled, finagling.
to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of):
He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation:
to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
dictionary.com | fenagling

So who is finagling and who is being finagled? Read more…

West Glamorgan Question

Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said Wales should have fewer MPs now the Welsh government has more powers.

Mrs Gillan said with constituency and regional assembly members, each Welsh constituency had two and a half politicians doing the work of one English MP.

“I think you need to even up that balance and make people feel that there is an equity between representation on one side of a country boundary within the United Kingdom and another.”
BBC News website 13 June 2014 : Former Welsh secretary Cheryl Gillian’s fewer MPs call

This just illustrates the muddle that uneven devolution is creating. Read more…

Another fine mess

We seem to have a problem with sorting out constitutional reform – particularly in England.

  • Regional Assembly for North East England – rejected, but then it was a complete pig in a poke
  • (Partial) Reform of the Electoral System – rejected, but then who actually wanted AV?
  • City Mayors – rejected by the vast majority of cities asked.
  • Crime Commissioning (whatever that actually is!) – not rejected, but then we were not asked!
  • House of Lords Reform – falls apart, but have we actually decided what we want a second chamber for?
  • Equalising of Constituencies (and redefining them whenever they get out of line – thereby reinforcing longterm links between MPs and their constituencies?) – lost in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the loss of Lords reform.

Why can’t we put propose sensible reforms to problems that are often universally acknowledged?  And what does the loss of the last two actually say about Constitutional reform in England? Read more…

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