New politics, but not yet

Earliest known portrait of St Augustine of Hippo, in a 6th century fresco, Lateran Church, Rome

The Federal Union committee meeting yesterday discussed the forthcoming referendum on electoral reform.  You can read the conclusions of the discussion here.

It was hard to separate from the discussion of the merits of the two electoral systems on offer a certain dismay about how it had all come about.

The proposal for AV originated in a behind-closed-doors deal after the election between two political parties that had each expressed their opposition to AV during the election campaign itself.  This is hardly an encouraging sign.

Perhaps the patron saint of the coalition government is St Augustine: “Oh Lord, grant me New Politics, but not yet.”

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