Because comfort with voters’ disenfranchisement is a bipartisan affair, politicians from both side of the house are members of their gallery.
On the Labour side, are Jack Straw, Ed Balls, and Peter Mandelson – who said in 2000 that the first-past-the-post system for electing MPs was “unfair and effectively disenfranchised millions of people.” (Over the ensuing nine years, he’s apparently decided that mass disenfranchisement suits him and his party just fine.)
And on the Conservative side, are party chair Eric Pickles, George Osbourne, and David Cameron – who wants to be the “Change Candidate.” But not to the point where he’ll actually support the sort of change that counts.
These MPs have the power to restore faith in our democracy following the expense crisis and give voters a voice again. But they haven’t. And they won’t, unless we expose them :