Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Sense of Proportion

The preposterously enormous constituency boundaries proposed for Scotland illustrate why I have never quite come round to Proportional Representation for the House of Commons.

It could only be made to work in very urban areas.

But Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn ought to take this opportunity to give the SNP what it claimed to want.

By declaring that, since Scotland was so different and special, then it could indeed have its very own different and special way of electing its MPs.

Each of the eight regions that were used for top-up purposes at Holyrood could elect seven MPs, with each elector voting for one candidate, and with the seven highest scorers being elected.

Giving 56 MPs in total.

Of whom, barring the odd by-election gain, no more than eight could ever be members of any one party. Including the SNP.

This piece of legislation would be passed gleefully by the whole of the rest of the House.

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