Ed Miliband's role in last night's defeat of the boundary review was only to be expected. After all, who is taken in by his talk of "fairness" and "one nation" apart from a few simpletons? So what if the current constituency boundaries mean that one party has to poll at least seven per cent more of the popular vote to win an overall majority than the other? The Labour Party will always put self-interest above principle.
But Nick Clegg's decision to vote against it was genuinely shocking. Not because the Lib Dems aren't as venal as their Labour counterparts. If anything, their history of dirty political campaigning is even worse than Labour's. But because the Lib Dems made a cast iron promise to the Tories in the Coalition Agreement to support "the creation of fewer and more equal sized constituencies". It was a straightforward quid pro quo – you give us a referendum on AV and we'll vote for the boundaries to be re-drawn. The Conservatives kept to their side of the deal and the Lib Dems have reneged on theirs. (To read more, click here.)