Am I jinxed? It's been bright sunshine for six days now, and what happens as soon as I go out to College Green to do an interview with LibDem MP David Howarth? It starts raining. I was interviewing David about his Fixed Term Parliament Bill which will be read on Friday. I'll upload the video on here later.
David came second in the Private Members' Ballot. As some of you know, I fully support the Campaign for Fixed Term Parliaments as I regard it as fundamentally undemocratic that the Prime Minister of the day is able to call an election at a time of his or her choosing. This is not a party political point, but last Autumn's events are surely proof that something is wrong with out current system. A five year fixed term would be far better. Obviously, it would still be possible to hold an election during that time if a government lost a confidence vote, for example, so the word 'fixed' is perhaps a bit of a misnomer.
If you agree with e concept of fixed terms, do lobby your own MP to turn up on Friday and support the Bill, or at least sign EDM 1528.