Is Alan Johnson playing a cute game?

Is Alan Johnson's proposals for electoral reform a cunning attempt at trying to de-rail a Tory majority at the next election - should they win under David Cameron? Does anyone remember Blair's pre-1997 response with former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown on PR (Proportional Representation)I seem to remember it was ditched? According to Johnson, who has been touted as a future Labour leader-in-waiting, he said in the Times newspaper yesterday he wants a radical alternative to the first past the post system. Labour and socialists only talk of electoral reform when they know deep down they are heading for a drubbing at an election. This could be cute for Labour in more ways than one. Had the expenses system not come to light, talk of electoral reform would not have been quite so high on the agenda? Again, Johnson is also in my opinion stamping out his authority as someone prepared to be radical. Gordon should be worried, as Johnson is a rising star of the socialist movement... But Labour's Tom Harris denies it is a ploy, and writes on his blog, on electoral reform: "The reason Labour was in government for so little of the last century compared to the Conservatives was not because of the electoral system. It was because we kept losing elections. People didn't vote for us. And what kind of warped logic concludes that if you can't win elections then you should change the system to suit you? Apart from the LibDems' logic, I mean …" The Electoral Reform Society said Johnson's idea was "a breath of fresh air". Johnson has denied he was posturing for the leadership. He said that electoral reform could be put to the people the same day as a national vote on who wins power to govern. Labour's 1997 manifesto promise led to the establishment in 1998 of the Independent Commission on the Voting System, commonly known as the Jenkins Commission. The Commission was asked to recommend a voting system that fulfilled (or best fulfilled) four criteria:  • The maintenance of a geographical link between MP and constituency  • The need for stable government  • The desire for broad proportionality  • An extension of voter choice Dr Ken Ritchie, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society said:
 "New Politics is now a battered term. Tony didn't deliver, Gordon hasn't, and David won't. The New Politics requires fundamental change, change that senior politicians have, to date, been unprepared to make."
Listen to Johnson below: Video is of Johnson answering questions on a range of subjects. It looks like Labour anticipate CHANGE is coming and want to get their reforms in first so that the Tories have a much lower majority once in power. You cannot help but be cynical with politicians, can you?