Posts tagged with ‘elections’

Voting system geekery: London mayoral edition

I’ve just been along to vote in the elections for mayor of London. It’s a kind of alternative vote system; you can pick a first and second choice (but not a third and so on), and after the first round of counting, if no candidate has 50% of the votes, they eliminate all but the […]

A thought on AV

I’m sure the whole world is on the edge of its seat on the eve of the UK’s referendum to change its voting system. I don’t particularly want to go over the arguments about voting reform again [previous posts for the truly interested], but I’m interested by the psychology of the supporters of first past the […]

Yes to AV.

Just a quick pointer to a couple of my blog posts from last year’s election: ‘First Past The Post makes politicians lie to us’. And the follow-up: ‘FPTP makes politicians lie to us (hypocrisy update)’. I would actually favour some kind of proportional representation — this one seems quite ingenious — but at least AV would […]

Election debrief

Going in to this election, it became clear that whoever was in government would have to raise taxes and cut spending, but no politician was willing to spell out the details. So the best we voters could hope for was a government which shared our priorities when making those decisions. On that basis, the result […]

Why I like STV

I’ve been mulling over the various flavours of voting reform available and I’m most tempted by Single Transferable Vote — which is, as it happens, also the system favoured by the Lib Dems at the moment, although that’s not particularly why I like it. No, what I like about it is that it allows you to […]

Voted.

Well, I voted Lib-Dem, for several reasons but not least because the higher their share of the national vote, the stronger the case for voting reform. If a split centre-left vote results in the Tories winning this constituency, I will be kicking myself, but it probably won’t happen here. And the fact I had to […]

FPTP makes politicians lie to us (hypocrisy update)

Yet another leaflet through the door, this one from the Conservatives, folded so that on one side it says, in great big shouty letters: Honest Politics? on the other side, it quotes the Lib Dem leaflet as saying “Only the Lib Dems can beat Labour here…” with a big arrow pointing at the quote and […]

First Past The Post makes politicians lie to us

Here are some direct quotes from leaflets delivered in this constituency: Labour leaflets: ‘Only Labour can keep the Tories out here’ ‘It’s a straight choice between Labour and the Tories round here’ Lib Dem leaflet: ‘Only the Lib Dems can beat Labour here’ Conservative leaflet: ‘Only the Conservatives can beat Labour here’ All of them accompanied […]

A permanent swing to the Lib Dems?

There’s a post over at FiveThirtyEight suggesting, basically, that since first past the post tends to lock us into a two-party system, the Lib Dems could take the pragmatic (i.e. deeply cynical) decision to quietly drop the issue of voting reform and instead concentrate on cementing a place as the major left wing party in […]

More on voting reform

I think this statistic is very telling (from ten days ago, so the exact number has probably changed… but the point stands): The Lib Dems climbed to a high of 33% in the voting intention polls this week, and it seems that this figure could be higher if Clegg’s party were perceived by the majority […]

#bigotgate & proportional representation

Two passing observations on the election. Firstly, on Gordon Brown’s little faux pas today. Clearly being caught describing a voter as ‘a bigoted woman’ makes him look like an idiot, especially since she hadn’t actually said anything especially bigoted. On the other hand, I’m curious about the ethics of the news organisations using a recording […]

Links

YouTube – weewoo the talking starling more talking starling. (del.icio.us tags: starling video ) YouTube – François Macré – Thriller (reprise a’cappella 64 pistes) cool video via Metafilter. ‘Here is a remake of the “Thriller” song that I’ve entirely recorded with my own voice, using 64 A’cappella tracks. There is therefore no instrument, synthetizer, beatbox, […]

Links

Annals of Democracy: Rock, Paper, Scissors: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker 'Our forebears considered casting a “secret ballot” cowardly, underhanded, and despicable; as one South Carolinian put it, voting secretly would “destroy that noble generous openness that is characteristick of an Englishman.”' (del.icio.us tags: elections history )