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August 28, 2006

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Cameron is turning out to be the worst kind of populist, as I've blogged this morning.

I don't think PR is the answer. They have PR in New Zealand, a country with which I am rather familiar. There are two really invidious consequences: (i) the horse-trading that goes on between parties after the election, particularly between those who campaigned on the basis that the others were Satan or Hitler, but suddenly found them better to deal with after the election; and (ii) the presence of MPs with no constituency and therefore no-one to answer to save their party masters. If you thought Blunkett and Mandleson were hard to get rid of after their transgressions, consider what would have happened under PR - they could never be disposed of so long as they had Tony's ear.

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