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?
This is a very different election campaign for me. In 1997 and to an even greater extent in 2001 and 2005 I was up against the coalface campaigning in target seats (Oldham East and Saddleworth and Hazel Grove in 1997, agent for Leeds North West in 2001 and campaigns organiser for East Dunbartonshire in 2005).… Continue reading Clegg’s campaign: the view from afar
Denis Mollison has an article on Next Left about how STV would work in practice. He also shows off a map of how the UK could be divided up into multi-member constituencies. I really like what Mollison has done here. He hasn’t simply drawn lines on the map but created constituencies based on local authority… Continue reading STV is beautiful