The World at One today began by looking at Gordon Brown's election wheeze over electoral reform, and discussed it was Antony Green, an election expert from Australia's ABC, Pam Giddy of the electoral reform organistation Power 2010 (a former Newsnight producer and denizen of a whole host of other left-liberal organisations), a Labour MP Tom Harris (one of the best of the breed), a Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne then another Labour MP John Denham. No Conservatives of course. Nor were there any when the conversation turned to Tory economic plans, only Jan Randolph, head of Sovereign Risk Analysis at IHS Global Insight. After a brief taste of Clare Short's evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry came a discussion on Pope Benedict's concerns about Harriet Harman's Equality Bill. This was discussed by a Labour MEP Stephen Hughes and John Deighan, parliamentary advisor to the Scottish bishops.
PM returned to the subject of electoral reform and discussed it with Ken Ritchie of the Electoral Reform Society. Red Ken has had many fingers in many left-liberal pies over the years and had stood for parliament three times for the Labour Party. He thinks that Gordon's wheeze is a "welcome" move and "a step in the right direction", but of course wants Brown to go much, much further. The programme also discussed Tory economic plans but again without any Conservatives. This time Eddie discussed the issue with anti-Tory BBC political correspondent Norman Smith, who kept on saying that George Osborne had made a "huge gamble" (a phrase he used twice), and that his pledge to maintain Britain's AAA credit rating "seems to (him) to be potentially hugely problematic" (a phrase he also used twice, unlike the word 'Conservative' which only once crossed his lips. Norm, like Crick, prefers the word 'Tory' and made much use of it here).
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