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Politics: Don’t have a referendum on PR, Gordon, you’ll lose

By Peter Kellner  

Should there be a referendum on changing Britain’s voting system? Alan Johnson and others have mooted such a vote.  Last weekend a report in the Observer said that “cabinet sources” were floating such a vote was being planned. Some suggestive talk of an earlier referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV). In which case, next year’s election could be fought on the new rules. And today over at Labour List another call is made, as part of the site’s “ideas day”, for a referendum, although…

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