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Nick Clegg: Bar the gates. No summer holiday before the overhaul . - The Guardian

May 28, 2009 9:05 PM

"Nick Clegg: Bar the gates. No summer holiday before the overhaul" - how The Guardian headlined the Lib Leader's proposals for big changes to our political system on May 28th 2009.

He began: "Warm words and rhetoric are easy. We must seize the mood and enact a radical programme of reform within 100 days.

Finally the dam has Âbroken, and everyone is talking about changing Britain's political system. For decades reformers have been thwarted by Westminster inertia. But the MPs' expenses Âscandal has overturned old certainties and made change possible.

Today I'm setting out a plan of action to get all the changes we need delivered in just 100 days - making it possible for MPs to be sacked by constituents, abolishing the House of Lords, getting corrupt money out of politics and changing the electoral system to give everyone a voice. People will say it isn't possible - parliament can't act that quickly. I say the innate conservatism that marks out our political establishment is part of the problem. Let's stop all this self-congratulatory hype about the mother of parliaments and get on with improving it."

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