I disagree with Guy Rundle (Rundle’s British Isles bites) that the legislation for a redistribution of House of Commons seats can, in any sense, be seen as a sensible reform. What it does is indicate the extent to which the Conservative Party got the better of the Liberal-Democrats in the negotiations for the coalition government.

On the one hand the Conservatives look like getting their grab for seats implemented by ordinary statute. On the other the Liberal-Democrats look like failing to get their sensible democratic reform because we know from experience that mass electorates do not vote rationally in these kinds of cases. The Lib-Dems should have said to the Conservatives: "That which is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander. We will vote for the change you want only if you vote for the change we want. If you do not agree then the coalition deal is off."

There are six democracies in what is known as the "Anglosphere". They are the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They are all liberal democracies. Once there was a single guiding principle to their democracy but that is no longer the case.