Posts Tagged “alternative vote”

The day Lord Bonkers and Philip Collins agreed: the Tories just aren’t up to governing

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2013

This tweet today from The Times’s Philip Collins — mid-debate between Tim Montgomerie and Matthew d’Ancona about the tortuous fate of Tory modernisation — caught my attention: @matthewdancona @timmontgomerie We all thought the Lib Dems might not be up to (…)

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Psst! Whatever you do, don’t tell the Tories democratic reform is in their own best interests

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for Conservative Home offering some unsolicited advice to David Cameron’s party. I argued that a party that had achieved electoral success in the 1980s by appealing to the classless entrepreneurialism of aspirant ‘Middle England’ had once again become established in the electorate’s eyes as the party of […]

Nick Clegg’s irrelevance to loss of AV vote

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2011

How important was Nick Clegg to the loss of the referendum to reform the electoral system? Very important if you believe this anonymous source quoted recently in The Guardian (hat-tip to James Graham): Last night a senior source in the campaign for the alternative vote admitted they knew “very early on” that there was no […]

Lib Dem members say: AV referendum result irrelevant to Coalition’s future

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 530 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. 69% say AV referendum result irrelevant to Coalition’s future LDV asked: Imagine the NO […]

Why I’ll be voting Yes to AV on 5th May: it’s all about choice

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2011

I will be voting ‘Yes’ to the alternative vote in the referendum on the 5th May. Here’s why. For me, this referendum is all about choice. The ‘Yes’ campaign stands for giving voters greater choice — the choice to rank candidates standing for election according to our individual preference. But, in fact, the ‘Yes’ campaign […]

Have you ‘Liked’ the Unofficial YES to AV campaign Facebook page yet?

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2011

Remember this — the unofficial Facebook Lib Dem fan group, We got Rage Against the Machine to #1, we can get the Lib Dems into office!, the internet election sensation? (Still going strong with over 146,000 members, by the way.) Well, the same guys are also behind an unofficial Yes campaign Facebook page also: YES […]

LDVideo: The People Say Yes to AV (‘No Politicians’ Edition)

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2011

The No2AV Campaign has been all too delighted to parade has-been politicians to back up its arguments — the Yes2AV Campaign has rather more wisely stuck to letting the public have its say in this first UK referendum in 35 years. Here members of the public explain why they’ll be choosing the Alternative Vote this […]

Three cheers for Ed Miliband (shame about his party)

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2011

This evening Labour leader Ed Miliband will urge his party and the public to say yes to fairer votes in this coming May’s referendum. All of us in favour of electoral reform, and a voting system that puts more power back in the hands of the people, should welcome his personal backing for the alternative […]

The Yes! to Fairer Votes campaign asks: Where does your MP stand on the Alternative Vote?

by Stephen Tall on January 7, 2011

Earlier this week, Lib Dem Voice highlighted the No2AV campaign’s embarrassing failure to check whether all the Labour MPs they said were opposed to reforming the UK’s unfair electoral system actually are opposed. It turns out that five of the 114 named were listed wrongly. As a result of the No camp’s confusion, the Yes! […]

No2AV campaign left red-faced by list gaffes

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2011

Last week I posted to Lib Dem Voice what I thought to be an accurate list of the 100+ Labour MPs who had proudly announced they would be opposing electoral reform in the May referendum. I assumed it must be accurate… after all, the list was taken directly from the No2AV campaign’s official website. Surely […]