Opposition to AV is simmering away on the Conservative backbenches, while Labour opponents prepare amendments to be proposed. A LAB/CON alliance between the left and right against the centre is taking shape on changes to the voting system, and could well sink the whole thing.
Labour MPs are noticing that the country is fast running out of reliable electricity supply. Helmer’s point is why is environmemtalist Energy Minister Huhne’s views on windmills being given priority? This could be the next occasion that an alliance between Conservative right wingers and Labour MPs sets the policy for the nation, and not the love-in alliance between Cameron and Clegg, the so-called Brokeback Coalition.
by coldstone July 26th, 2010 at 8:51 am
I don’t see a ConLab pact, but a situation where MPs form alliances on single issues to override their leaderships’ views. The new Conservative intake have shown Cameron that their support is conditional by blocking his attempt to neuter the 1922 committee’s role. Labour MPs too, once they find their voices, are not likely to go back under the ‘stone’ once they’ve seen how they can rebel against their weak leadership with impunity. It would only take these two situations, on AV and on energy, for a successful rebellion to be held by Labour and Conservative MPs, working together to defeat the coalition, and a new trend in politics would be established. MPs would take over from party leaderships, and bottom-up democracy would rule once more.
And 44 Conservative MPs sign EDM chal;lenging AV timetable – http://conservativehome.blogs.com/parliament/2010/07/44-tory-mps-sign-early-day-motion-opposing-coalitions-timetable-for-av-vote-.html