The President of the Wessex Regionalists, Colin Bex, recently attended a demonstration in London in support of Proportional Representation. Colin submits the following report.
I joined the demonstration to introduce proportional representation to the House of Commons by 2021.
The event commenced at mid day and took place between the east end of Westminster Abbey's Henry VII lady chapel, and the House of Lords 'On the anniversary of the most disproportionate election in British history'
It was led by democratically organised activists before a hundred or so demonstrators in a united movement for electoral reform.
Speakers included Owen Winter MYP, spokesperson for Make Votes Matter, a LibDem Peer, MP, MEP an LGA councillor, and a number of NGOs and unaligned campaigns for democracy at Westminster.
The underlying message was, 'Together we can make the introduction of Proportional Representation and real democracy a central issue going into the 2020 General Election, not just an after- thought coming out of it. And if we can do that, we'll be creating a real chance to
make all votes really matter.'
I was much heartened to have attended only the first hour of the event during which I asked Owen how much contact he had with Mebyon Kernow to which he replied that he was in touch with Dick Cole, and was working toward building the membership of the youth parliament across Cornwall.
I responded that I was hoping the same will occur for Wessex so that the next generation will be able to create at least half a chance for itself to discover ways of arresting damage continuing to-day and repairing at least some of the damage inherited from previous generations - finally to be able to discover a sane way for our species to live on this planet.
I left impressed with the thought this could well be the thin end of a very thick wedge blasted by a pile-driver of support through the heart of corruption and corrupt practices of unrepresentative
diktat from post-Imperial laggards at Westminster.
In a pro-active part of the demonstration in which participants were encouraged
to draw a coloured ballot paper representing the party they wished to vote for from
one box and then make a blind draw from another to find which party they did
not want, got in. e.g. I chose a gold ballot paper and called 'Wessex Regionalist' and from the blind draw picked a Tory blue which was promptly dumped in the said trash.......
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