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April 25, 2010


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Not just Churchill, but Eden, Macmillan, Douglas-Home and Major became PM without having earlier led their party at an election.

And if the ruling party has to call an election immediately they replace their leader, should not the same rule apply to the Opposition? Surely, it must be wrong (for example) that the nation's intelligence secrets are being shared with Leaders of the Opposition who have faced no recent electorate. I don't recall David Cameron resigning his seat and re-contesting it when he became Leader.


Is it nothing more than a way of reminding everyone that they never voted for Gordon Brown in the first place?

Either way, it shows how vogue-ish the idea of voting system reform has suddenly become - probably too quick for either Labour or Conservative policy-makers to get a handle on. Reform has always been attached to the Lib Dems (who weren't taken seriously), so maybe there's confusion over whether reform is an issue the Lib Dems have brought with them or whether it represents a discontent that was there before Nick Clegg appeared on the scene. In this sense, it should really be no surprise that one of either Tory or Labour would propose a fudge and hope it's enough to appease. In this particular instance, it had to be a Tory fudge because Labour have to watch what they say about reform at the risk of upsetting the party which might represent their best hope for remaining in touching distance of power.

If I was a Tory I'd ask why the policy has been attached to Cameron. It seems a massive risk. Why not attach it to Osbourne (or Hague, or even Clarke!) and see if people get wet over it?


Hmmmm also John Major became PM in 1990. The following general election was in 1992. How would that work then???


Ill-disciplined perhaps but he's got to come up with something. Since 'that' debate the Tories have been sitting on much the same percentage as they scored in the last election. The Labour losses have transferred to the LibDems, suggesting it's all a rejection of Labour rather than anyone embracing the newly huggable Conservatives.

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