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Why Constitutional Change Is So Urgent

November 23, 2019 12:01 PM
By Robert O'Riordan

Proportional Representation at Westminster is vital to mend the system.

The two party first past the post system is clearly broken. Extreme elements can dominate parties at a time when most sensible people, and even most moderate politicians, agree on most issues. The introduction of PR at Westminster would allow for consensus to be built and moderate policies to be worked on over a long-term horizon.

Too many people think their vote doesn't count and that th Robert O'Riordan Candidateey have no part to play in the political process.

This needs to be reversed - power needs to be pushed out from the centre - whether from Westminster or Holyrood - and normal folk need to feel that they have a say in the direction their community and country takes.

This requires radical, carefully thought out constitutional change. The two party system won't provide this. Without change we are doomed to years more of politicians shouting at each other with nobody listening or trying, at least, to understand their opponents' views. This is not what voters want. They want to see their politicians work together for the mutual good of all parts of the country and all sections of society.