David Cameron has said he will press ahead with proposed changes to the House of Commons despite the Lib Dems saying they will vote against them.
This will see LIb Dem ministers voting against their own government
The prime minister said plans to redraw constituency boundaries would be "put forward" to MPs and urged all parties to back the "very sensible" proposals
Sensible to the Tories who are set to gain 20 seats if it goes through.
Cameron's proposal would have some merit if he had at least proposed to reform the house of Lords
A the moment future by-elections notwithstanding the Commons is composed thus.
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But Camerons Party is not even the largest Party in the Lords and the Coalition does not have a majority.
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So Instead of making 80% of peers elected and to halve the number of members to 450 . Cameron probably intends needs to increase his Prtys number of Peers in the Lords to overtake Labour and with those Peerages given to others it seems likely that the unelected chamber will grow before the next election .
And yet the Democratically elected Chamber will (if the Tories win the vote)will be cut .
How is Cameron going to justify this?
Cutting the number of elected member must surely have been linked to cutting the number of Lords if we are talking abour democracy rather than political advantage.
There was an argument for cutting the number of MPs but it was always in my mind tied in with Constitutional reform . But all proposals in the parties manifestos (a part from fixed 5 year Parliaments) have now fallen
Tou could argue that we need a General Election but there is no guarantee that Labour will introduce Lords reform their behaviour over this has been cynical and opportunist and have offered no alternative.
Sadly we have lost any real reform for a generation and is another argument for Independence .
A Democratic Wales or an Undemocratic UK? You choose.
One further point Welsh MPs who will be cheering if the boundary changes fail may be a bit premature.
The Tories will make a case for a separate bill to cut the number of Welsh MPs because of devolution and there no guarantee that the Lib Dem's will not support a separate bill culling Welsh MPs unless Clegg makes this clear now.