In seeking effective change, there is a deeper constitutional point to make than reform of the House's day to day procedures. My proposition is that a greater focus on proportional representation (PR) would be appropriate. If, instead of two significant parties, there were four (Labour, Lib-Dem, Tory Wet and Tory Dry), destructive adversarial pressure would reduce. On any given issue, any one of the parties would be faced with three others with views differing in varying proportions from its own.
As issues for debate changed, the kaleidoscope of political tension in the House would change. It would be a less polarised place and likely to be more efficient as a workshop for sifting ideas and for arriving at something recognisable as a national will. Through such change the House might achieve more gravitas, a touch of that nobility which is rightly the mood of the moment.
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