The Labour shadow cabinet has decided to vote against a bill introducing reform to the voting system, raising the prospect of a Commons defeat for one of the governing coalition's flagship policies.
In this decision, Labour is creating an unholy alliance between itself and Tory dinosaurs in opposing any electoral reform, no matter how small. They want to stay with the outrageously unrepresentative and undemocratic FPTP system.
Although AV is not proportional, and can sometimes deliver even less representative results than FPTP, it does at least mean that each MP has the support of more than 50% of the constituency vote. More importantly, a Yes vote in the AV referendum will break Britain's electoral mouldiness, and will open the way for AV+, which would be proportional and democratic.
This decision by the Labour shadow cabinet makes clear to all that the 100 year claim of Labour to be the party of the people is well and truly buried. Labour stands for nothing beyond its own desire to govern. People of principle who still support Labour are sadly deluded.