The Independent reports:
Gordon Brown will extend an olive branch to the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg this week by setting out options for replacing the first-past-the-post voting with a fairer system for Westminster elections.
The publication of a government paper on proportional representation by Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is seen by senior cabinet ministers as a move to prepare Labour for power-sharing with the Liberal Democrats if there is a hung parliament after the next election.
The article goes on to say about Mr Straw’s preference that it “is known he favours the additional vote system.” I assume that is supposed to mean what is generally known as the alternative vote (i.e., ranked-choice ballots, sequential-elimination majority, or ‘IRV’). Not nearly as good (for the LibDems, or for representative parliaments) as PR, but indeed “a fairer system.” The article also mentions the Jenkins “AV+” proposal as a possibility (weak MMP with very small compensation regions, and AV in the nominal tier.
Thanks to Malcom Clark at Make My Vote Count for the tip, and, like Malcolm, I will not be holding my breath waiting for something to happen.