Consider the following bizarre potential outcomes for the 2015 general election: The SNP romp home, winning well over 20 seats. The Green Party also do the best they’ve ever done, gaining 5% of the national vote. Yet the latter party only win a single seat despite getting a higher UK share of the vote than… Continue reading Will the UK voting system survive 2015?
Comment is freer: It’s AV or nothing
I wrote an article on Comment is Free yesterday about why people need to stop quibbling and start campaigning for AV. Regardless of what might happen in five, 20 or 50 years time, at this precise moment you are faced with a choice between AV and the status quo. There can be no fence-sitters in… Continue reading Comment is freer: It’s AV or nothing
Electoral Mythbusting 1: Spotlight on Iain Dale
I guess we’ll be doing a lot of mythbusting over the next year or so, so I might as well start now. Iain Dale has just issued a couple of posts about the Alternative Vote and Single Transferable Vote which contains assertions that simply can’t be sustained. Let’s go through them. 1. AV “is probably… Continue reading Electoral Mythbusting 1: Spotlight on Iain Dale