Tuesday, October 26, 2004

An unexpected supporter of Proportional Representation

Further reading of David Hemmings' memoirs reveals the following passage:
Before the 1974 election I found myself caught up in politics, whipped into activity by Honor Blackman and canvassing in London and Devon for Jeremy Thorpe and the Liberals. This was, of course, a few years before Norman Scott's infamous pillow-biting revelations and the inauguration of Auberon Waugh's dog-lovers' party. At that stage, the Liberal Party's main attraction for me was its championing of proportional representation, which has always seemed to me to be a better expression of parliamentary democracy that "first past the post".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yea liberal meant something else in the 70's. it is actually reversed now. so he would not be considered a liberal now a days.Kennedy was democrat , but would be considered a republican now .