Last week I posted the details of out local Mp's (Larry Miller) upcoming Telephone Town Hall re Electoral Reform not to promote him but to promote discussion about this important initiative. Well said teleconference is now history and the reports are in and they are not good. I had said in my previous post that I had little faith in Mr Miller accurately forwarding the broad range of opinion that could well ensue and that the number of folks actually getting to express their view would be limited.
Apparently that will not be a problem in that allegedly those that
wished to express a view that did not coincide with Mr Millers FPTP
and referendum views did not get a chance to speak and thus 100% of
the callers did in fact, as Mr Miller previously alleged did the
callers to his office, “support the current first-past-the-post
This from our
local news blog “The Hub”
Anyone who listened in on Larry Miller's tele-forum Tuesday
evening, Sept. 27, was treated to a Miller kiss fest and a merry orgy
of misinformation. Larry got what he wanted. Sure enough, one hundred
percent of his constituents were opposed to proportional
representation. No doubt we'll hear him trumpeting this "fact"
Perhaps all the supporters of PR were smarter than I was and just
stayed away knowing it would be a farce. Or they were, like me
evidently, screened out by Larry's operators, with only clapping
seals who wouldn't challenge him being let through.
I was waiting in the queue for 40 minutes. At one point toward the
end, we heard him say, "I see another call has come in,"
and he took the other person. What about the queue? My call was
already in. Why wasn't I next? Was it because his operator had
earlier asked me what I intend to say and I foolishly blurted out the
truth that I wanted to provide some information about proportional
Fortunately the results are so lopsided that they shoot him in his
own foot. That not one person was heard to support PR advertises the
lack of credibility of the whole vain exercise. Like those third
world despots hated by their people who are elected with 99 per cent
of the vote every time.............
Interestingly, it not being a 'live' meeting there is no direct
report from any other local media for comparison, we wonder if this
was a deliberate move by Mr Miller to avoid such reporting? Mr Miller
however continues to defend his 'no change' position and says
the 30 or so people who did get to express their views were not
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