Liberals’ opposition displays a democratic deficit

It is something of an enigma that Michael Moore MP, belonging as he does to a party which has pretensions about democracy, opposes a measure which is designed to improve democratic representation.

The proposal to equate the size of Westminster parliamentary constituencies was to ensure that every elector’s vote carries the same weight.

It was opposed by the Liberal Democrats simply because they had been unsuccessful in achieving their House of Lords reform – a measure which many thought had not been properly thought through. This tit-for-tat approach is unbecoming forsenior politicians, especially when the consequence is the loss of a good reform – something which Michael Moore presumably agreed with in the first place.

Perhaps his party should consider removing the word Democrat from its nomenclature.

David S. W. Williamson

Pinnaclehill Park

Kelso