A lesson from Rotherham

According to the BBC, Government commissioners are poised to take over Rotherham council after a report exposed a “culture of denial” over the town’s child exploitation scandal.

The council had been dominated by one party for some time with weak opposition and little accountability for the majority council group.

As it happens, Labour is the majority group there but it is not for us to blame one party or another for the scandal. However, we strongly suspect that First Past The Post voting, which gave one party an exaggerated majority and weakened the opposition, must take some of the blame.

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