That doesn’t mean that a campaign for a proportional voting system, one that delivers MPs in close proportion to voters’ wishes –- such systems are already used for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh and London Assemblies, and the European elections — can’t now get under way.
The British people last week voted against an inadequate
compromise for the voting system, which was poorly explained to them, while they were distracted by fripperies such as the royal wedding, by a campaign that was tainted by association with the “toxic” Liberal Democrat brand and which talked down to them while failing to rebut the often risible claims of the “no” campaign. They didn’t vote for FPTP.
It was a mess, but not a mess fatal for electoral reform. We’re going to continue to see Westminster byelections and elections deliver results that patently fail to reflect the wishes of the voters – and those voters, when presented with a proper choice of systems, properly explained, will vote for change.