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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Speculation about how far Nick Clegg could push for reform with the Conservatives should take account of the Tories' dogmatic opposition to PR. David Cameron talks irrationally about the power to sack a government, when, in reality, the only voters properly enfranchised in the UK are those in marginal seats -- and these have been bought, he hopes, with Lord Ashcroft's millions.
For too many Conservatives, elections are not about democracy or the will of the people: they are about power.
To the international democracy community, Britain is seen as having an arcane attachment not only to a grotesquely unfair electoral system, but also to the hereditary principle in our …