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David Owen: I support a PR system, but I will be voting ‘no’ in the AV referendum

Published in the Independent Sunday, 13 March 2011

The referendum on AV has, unsurprisingly, generated very limited enthusiasm. People know they are being used as part of a fix between politicians unwilling to trust voters and let them have a free choice between proportional representation as well as AV and the status quo. Fixes happen in Parliament, but they have no place in the referendum.

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Our shameful mishandling of evil

Published in the Sunday Times Sunday, 27 February 2011

For now the priority must be safeguarding the people of Libya, but Western powers must take a long, hard look at how it got this far at all

The appalling handling of Gadaffi since he came to power in 1969 raises some fundamental questions. In the next few weeks, the priority must be to safeguard people’s lives in Libya. National governments have a duty to safeguard the lives of their own citizens in the country. But we must not duck out of our responsibility for those Libyans showing immense courage in trying to overthrow the Gadaffi regime.

It is not conceivable that we can watch from Nato airbases close to Libya while Gadaffi and his sons unleash on their people the weapons with which our countries supplied him. read more…..