Congratulations to Matt Withers for an excellent column in today's Wales on Sunday. He takes Peter Hain to task around his suggestions that the voting system in Wales should be changed to have 60 members ALL elected by first past the post system thus guaranteeing an outright Labour majority for ever and a day. This can only be bad and basically disenfranchises everyone who voted Tory, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat in Wales and is pure 'tribalism' on Hain's part.
Peter Hain's concept of democracy is closer to the demagogic Southern politicians of the 1960's who did everything in their power to disenfranchise African Americans following the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. George Wallace and his ilk 'gerrymandered' political constituencies in Alabama and elsewhere to guarantee a permanent white majority. What is the difference in what Peter Hain is proposing in Wales, other than a permament Labour majority?
The Department of Justice under Bobby Kennedy had to intervene in the US to protect the civil rights of their citizens. Will we have in Wales to resort to the Supreme Court to ensure a right of democratic representation against the partisanship of Labour politicians?
Peter Hain should be ashamed of himself for conveniently forgetting his roots as an anti apartheid campaigner in South Africa and joining the anti-democratic inclinations of the British state.
What we want in Wales is multi-member constituencies electing 80 AM's by single transferable vote as in Ireland. STV is the only way to get proportional representation and if it doesn't deliver a permanent Labour majority that is just 'tough' on Hain; his Welsh Labour party will just have to learn the art of compromise.