Gordon Brown, in The Guardian, makes the case for his bill to mandate a referendum in 2011 on whether the UK should change to the Alternative Vote.
After extolling the constitutional reforms Labour has introduced since coming to power in 1997 (assemblies for Scotland and Wales, elected mayor for London, a Supreme Court, etc.) and calling these ” important changes of which progressives can be proud,” he says:
To be blunt, we need to give politics back to the people.
Two quick reactions:
1. How cynical can Brown really be? His party promised in 1997 to hold a referendum on electoral reform in its first term.
2. If only a “progressive” leader and party in the USA would have such a “blunt” agenda of structural reform.