Tories, #3

With hindsight, why didn’t Michael Howard propose a new electoral system that gave the party in the country a bit-part in the election? If he needed 2/3 of his constitutional college (or whatever it’s called), and if that was full – or even just one-third full – of the kind of people who think that the party in the country is the right kind of body to make decisions of this kind (IDS!), then why didn’t he invent a new system which didn’t freeze them out altogether. Even a simple reversal of the current system (party members vote by Alternative Vote for a list of candidates; MPs ballot between the to two) would have been preferable to the current system, surely?

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