Interesting that the quote all the papers are using (“I don’t want to be a member of the House of Lords. I will not accept it”) is completely false, made up by a Daily Mail diarist. John never said it
Anyway, one of the most vocal critics against him taking a seat in the House of Lords has been Pam Giddy (pictured) of Power 2010 – the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust-funded campaign for electoral reform.
As well as organising a rather crap stunt in Hull where they had to bus in anti-Prescott protesters, writing a quite nasty and personal attack on John based on an unsourced article in a Sunday newspaper, Pam wrote breathlessly about the Lib Dems being the only party committed to electoral reform.
“Liberal Democrats deserve credit and recognition here for their historic commitment to reform. In their manifesto, the party sets out its commitment to the Single Transferable Vote, a system which would offer real choice, allowing voters to choose between candidates as well as parties, and end the shameful institution of safe seats, which are no better than the rotten boroughs of the 18th century. Their commitment, often dismissed as simply self-serving, is right for British democracy and wanted by the British people.”
Self serving Liberals? Never. Shame that ‘historic commitment to reform’ couldn’t resist the lure of the limousine and the call of the cabinet. In spite of a true commitment from Labour to AV – even without a referendum – the Lib Dems jumped into coalition with the Tories and signed a programme for government that will:
a) Reduce the number of MPs and pack the Lords with unelected peers
b) Put 55% lock in dissolving parliament and – leaving the best to last –
c) a referendum on AV that Cameron won’t give a date for and won’t even vote in favour of!
Surely Power 2010 would be furious about this?
Indeed they are! They formed the Take Back Parliament Coalition and stated on the Power 2010 website:
“Our coalition government has promised us democratic reform, yet they’re expanding the House of Lords. Call them on their hypocrisy – tell the party leaders there can be no more new Lords. Message the party leaders today! “
Perhaps Pam could actually take it up with her fellow directors on the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
Half of them are Lib Dems and one of them, Danny Alexander is now a Cabinet Minister who drew up the very programme Power2010 is now so vehemently against.
If you’d like to call Pam on HER hypocrisy, message her today at firstname.lastname@example.org