Monday, 26 May 2014

Proportional representation for Islington!

As local authorities in Islington and other metropolitan boroughs ponder how to ensure effective democracy with no, or minimal, political opposition - is it time to bring in proportional representation for local government?
For example, in Islington we have 48 local councillors. On yesterday's results with PR this would translate into a small Labour majority: Lab 27, Green 9, Lib Dem 7, Tory 5.
What we actually got is what someone has described as 'the North Korea of London': Labour 47, Green 1, others zero.
Surely a change would be beneficial for everyone but particularly for local democracy, not to mention voter participation?