Posts Tagged “electoral reform”

No, the Lib Dems are not being “saved” by first-past-the-post

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2015

‘The Lib Dems have admitted that they are now relying on the first-past-the-post voting system to save them from a wipeout in May.’ (The Times) ‘… the Liberal Democrats will be saved from wipe out by the first-past-the-post system.’ (The Guardian) (…)

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Janan Ganesh is an intelligent guy so I’ll just assume this tweet was an aberration

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2013

Janan Ganesh — ex-Economist writer, current FT columnist, frequently intelligent political commentator — tweeted thus this afternoon: SDP in 1983. Greens in 1989. Ukip now. Some people always think politics is on the lip of a grand realignment. It almost (…)

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Eastleigh shows why the Tories and Labour should now support PR in local elections

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2013

If only, if only… Instead of holding out for a referendum on the Alternative Vote the Lib Dem negotiators had secured proportional representation for all local council elections instead. Hindsight’s easy, I know. At the time of negotiating the Coalition Agreement, electoral reform at Westminster was the party’s deal-breaker. The Lib Dem vote had gone […]

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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I agree with Mark: The public did *not* reject proportional representation last year

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

Mark Thompson makes an excellent point over at his blog here. He points out that those Conservative MPs who now oppose the Coalition Agreement commitment to elect the House of Lords using proportional representation because they claim last year’s referendum (…)

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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 […]

5 posts to read before casting your Electoral Reform Society council vote

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

If like me you’re a member of the Electoral Reform Society, you’ll have recently received a thick wad of paperwork through your letterbox. The reason? It’s time for the election to the Council of the ERS. The deadline for voting is this Friday, 26th August, so time’s not on your side to wade through the […]

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! […]