Labour’s Last Voice of Reason

Jon Cruddas, who really should have won the deputy leadership, in today’s Guardian:

We also have to face the crisis of political representation – especially among working-class voters. That means instituting a system of fair voting that can rewind the way Britain’s political parties have sought to camp out in that mythical middle England. A grown-up Labour party needs to embrace proportional representation – not as a preserve of the liberal metropolitan intelligentsia, but as a core mechanism with which to combat a sense of working-class alienation.

He’s right of course, but the New Labour machine is closed to the changes needed to save it. Cruddas should join the Lib Dems instead, who are open to voting reform, to repealing New Labour’s legislative attack on civil liberties, and who have a credible economic recovery plan.

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