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Gordon Brown and David Cameron in scramble to clean up Parliament – Times Online


Gordon Brown and David Cameron in scramble to clean up Parliament – Times Online .

It is difficult to know if this current excitement will lead to meaningful change. How far is each political leader really concerned to adopt a reform agenda which otherwise might just be spin to attract votes in the forthcoming elections. Is there really a genuine mood for change. The party which has been consistent in promoting change are the Lib. Dems. We can only wait and see:

Philip Webster and Francis Elliott in THE TIMES: “An intense race to shake up the political system has begun as Gordon Brown and David Cameron compete to look more radical than each other in the wake of the expenses scandal.

Mr Brown opened the door to electoral reform and letting voters kick out MPs while Mr Cameron tried to grab the reformer’s mantle by promising to shift power from ministers to voters, councils and the Commons.

The Conservative leader tabled proposals to slash the number of MPs, fix parliamentary terms at four years, allow more free votes for Members, give town halls more leeway and create means by which voters can get policies debated in the Commons.

However, he rejected the Health Secretary Alan Johnson’s proposal in The Times to hold a referendum on electoral reform. Mr Cameron said that this would lead to governments formed in back rooms. “Proportional representation takes power away from the man and woman in the street and hands it to the political elites,” he said…”

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