Monday, 9 May 2011

Read Anthony Barnett's 'After Britain’s shocking Thursday, is the earthquake still to come?'

After Britain’s shocking Thursday, is the earthquake still to come?

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Anthony Barnett is the founder of openDemocracy and the Co-Editor of its UK section, Our Kingdom.

The contrast between the astounding success of the Scottish Spring and Britain’s embrace of its imperial voting system of First Past the Post better described as ‘to the victor the spoils’ suggests to me that we have entered an explosive political decade. 

Far from settling issues of reform the conservative establishment may come to rue the day they so brutally crushed a harmless compromise. AV was advocated as “a small change that makes a big difference”. Who can think of a slogan that is more ‘British’? While its actual supporters and campaigners on the ground who worked their hearts out wanted real change and not “small change”, the campaign for AV was run in a way that was truly conservative.

It was always going to be very difficult to win because

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