So the bill for a referendum on voting reform has been given the Royal Assent and is now an Act.
I’m very excited. Here in Edinburgh we’ve been working away for months building a campaign team and building our ability to communicate our key messages of voter power, more accountable, harder working MP’s and more voter choice and fewer wasted votes.
I feel really positive about the team. I’m sure that we will work hard, work with great passion and great commitment and work with much soul and intelligence for a Yes result.
I’m also certain that win or lose the Edinburgh team will campaign in a way that improves the quality of debate and which reflects the ethos of campaign of Respect and Empowerment. Let’s do a good job in a good way.
For the first time ever the people of Britain will be asked how we want to elect our MP’s. After more than 100 years of debate in Parliament we, the people, finally have a chance to give our views about how we elect our chief public servants.
Will we retain a system that allows MP’s to be parachuted into safe seats and remain there for life so long as they obey their party whips and don’t steal too much public money? Will we stick with a system that gives power to unelected party managers and spin doctors?
Will we chose to change to a system that gives power to more and more voters? Creates hundreds more marginal seats? Will we chose a system that allows voters to vote as they really, truly positively want and not have to vote negatively to keep out an undesirable. Will we pick a system that makes it easier for us to vote the rascals out?
For centuries Parliament, and those who run it behind the scenes have been the Master and the People the Servant.
The question is who is to be the Master and who the Servant on 5th May?