Some organisation has initiated a campaign on voting reform, one can always tell when you start to get a string of identical emails from constituents.
Some of them have been rather grumpy about my brief replies, and my refusal to entertain them at a surgery. I certainly don’t mean to be rude or unhelpful.
The fact is however, that there are a large number of people who want to see me, and some of them who really need to see me.
It’s not because I disagree with them (although I do), on the contrary, as a politician I enjoy a good argument. The fact is that I simply regard the matter as settled and I don’t want to endlessly go over old ground.
They may have forgotten, or they may just not have liked the result, but we had a referendum in 2011 in which 70% of us voted to stick with our current voting system. In my view that should settle it for a generation.
The same is true for those endlessly seeking to re-run the arguments of the June 2016 EU referendum. It’s done. We made a decision, and we just need to get on and implement it. As John Major said at the time “there won’t be another referendum: this is it”