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PR may not be necessary after all

By Tony Wright   May 1998

I used to be a “back-teether” on electoral reform. The term comes from Robin Cook, for whom the long night of Thatcherism was the decisive reason for being fed up to the back teeth with Britain’s electoral system. It enabled a minority to pretend to be a majority, employing all the resources of a winner-takes-all political system in which there were few effective checks and balances on what a crazed government could do. The rhetoric of strong government masked the reality of elective dictatorship.

I am no longer so sure about this line of argument. This is not for the…

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