Monday, May 07, 2007

Coilitions PR and Democracy

If it hasn’t achieved anything else, devolution in Wales and Scotland has at least acted as a visible demonstration of the follies of adopting any system of proportional representation.

No “government” has been formed in Edinburgh or Cardiff because no single party has overall control. In most future elections this will be the norm. A long drawn out process of haggling over who can have the most ministerial seats will now ensue.

One Plaid Cymru spin doctor has suggested a novel solution for Wales - all of the parties going into a grand coalition together. This would be excellent news for the politicians and a disaster for the public.

Our system of democracy is based on the idea that while one or more party governs, one or more party will provide opposition. Asking difficult questions and exposing waste and incompetence.

If every party is in government there will be no opposition except from a few independently minded back benchers who are prepared to put their principles before their careers.

9 Comments:

Blogger C4' said...

According to Saturday's Daily Telegraph newspaper:

"One of Mr Brown’s first big announcements as Prime Minister will be a commitment to a written constitution to codify the powers of Government, Parliament, the monarch and the judiciary.But part of the deal is also likely to be a move towards a system of proportional representation for West­minster elections. The move, which may be announced as early as today, could mean the country facing the same chaos as Scotland.But allies of Mr Brown believe that forging a coalition with the Liberal Democrats would lock David Cameron’s Conservatives out of power. Mr Brown will justify the move by pointing to the falling turn-out and public disenchantment with general elections held under the first-past-the-post system."

4:57 AM  
Blogger oscar said...

Your a slow blogger Mr Davies

11:49 AM  
Blogger 601 said...

The tories would be no where without PR in Wales and scotland.

1:31 PM  
Blogger C4' said...

The tories would be no where without PR in Wales and scotland.

Neither would be Labour in England.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Ordovicius said...

If it hasn’t achieved anything else, devolution in Wales and Scotland has at least acted as a visible demonstration of the follies of adopting any system of proportional representation.


Whereas the arrogance and corruption of bloated majority governments demonstrate the madness of relying solely on a first-past-the-post system.

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