UK 30 April 2010 Boris highlights Tory contradiction on electoral reform Cameron cannot claim that FPTP always produces a decisive result and warn a hung parliament is possi Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML It's worth reading Boris Johnson's interview with the Telegraph today, particularly for the passage in which he suggests that he may be open to supporting electoral reform. Discussing a recent debate with Alan Johnson on proportional representation, he remarks: Although my side won the debate and I was listening to the arguments, I have to accept that there are arguments that are difficult to despatch very easily. There is an unfairness in the current system. The advantage of first-past-the-post is that it delivers a decisive result. But that very virtue may be disproved. If it turns out that we wanted to kick them out and we didn't, that is a big argument against FPTP. Boris has recognised a key contradiction in David Cameron's approach to electoral reform. On the one hand, the Tory leader consistently claims that first-past-the-post always produces a decisive result. On the other, he spent much of this week warning of the risk of a hung parliament. These two propositions are not mutually compatible. Should Cameron wish to make a credible case against electoral reform, he'd better start thinking of some new arguments. Follow the New Statesman team on Facebook. › Why did the PM not defend Labour’s record? George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Let's talk about Daniel Hannan, Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler To the Commonwealth, "Global Britain" sounds like nostalgia for something else Is defeat in Stoke the beginning of the end for Paul Nuttall?