I was very pleased to receive the following from my old friend Mee Ling Ng, one of the founders of Chinese for Labour.
Mee Ling has written this to Chinese for Labour members:
“The Government intends to reduce the number of MPs by 10% and yet create 100 new peers. Where is the democracy in this? The Main House [House of Commons] is the legislature and the second House [Lords] is the reforming chamber. Surely, the Main House should have the primacy in keeping its numbers even though the Second House may move to a wholly elected one.
“This is another way the Tories are gerrymandering (i) the reduction of MPs plus redrawing constituency boundaries to even benefit them more and (ii) packing the second house with their own; thereby creating Tory domination in BOTH houses.”
Mee Ling goes on to say that we need to expose this with massive blogging. It is a blatant undermining of democracy via our parliamentary institutions!
All this talk of BIG Society – it is more like BIG TORY Government!