Posts tagged with ‘voting reform’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]