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Electoral reform

I regularly write about the need for a reform of our democratic processes and structures. With one or two notable exceptions, most people I speak to about these things, and most people who respond to my blogs and postings agree … Continue readi...
by IanChisnall on Jul 23, 2016

Come on Justine!

Last night on Question Time, Justine Greening Conservative MP for Putney raised an important issue that deserves wider discussion, the problem of safe parliamentary seats that always return the same political party from one General Election to ano...
by IanChisnall on Feb 19, 2016

Plaid, SNP and Greens call for electoral pact whilst Mebyon Kernow eclipsed again!

Electoral reform: Party leaders call for pact to achieve alternative voting system after next election | UK Politics | News | The IndependentNow I'm guessing that our 'friends' in Plaid and the SNP forgot about Mebyon Kernow again. MK really needs to...
by The Cornish Republican on Jan 31, 2016

When did we last review Parliament

As the BBC prepares for the renegotiation for its settlement from the licence fee (assuming that is to continue) it is in the process of consulting with the public to better understand what we might wish them to provide for … Continue reading &...
by IanChisnall on Oct 14, 2015

A democratically illiterate Government

I have written previously about the need for a different form of electoral system, made acute in the context of Mays General Election where Sussex elected 14 Conservative MPs, one Green and one Labour MP, yet a proportional result would have …...
by IanChisnall on Jun 13, 2015

The government that might have been

This week the Electoral Reform Society can reveal what the outcome of the election could have been under a variety of different voting systems. There are always little charts right after the election showing alternative distributions of seats, but th...
by Make Wealth History on Jun 1, 2015

How Sussex votes were wasted

I recently joined a small but energetic group of people from Brighton & Hove and Lewes to discuss how people who were broadly speaking aligned with left wing thinking, but not narrowly focused on any one party could work together. … Continu...
by IanChisnall on Jun 1, 2015

A new form of Politics is needed

This weeks election means that for many of us our political landscape has changed and it is useful to reflect in a bit of detail what impact the election has or should have had. For several decades I have worked … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on May 9, 2015

Green vote share triples in London

 Fom the London Green Party* Under a proportional system, London could have woken up this morning to 3 or 4 Green Members of Parliament * Greens achieve record result in capital, tripling their 2010 vote share Greens are today celebrating a "bit...
by wembleymatters on May 8, 2015

Why this should be the last FPTP election

I know it’s boring, and technical, and eye-rollingly predictable that people like me want to raise the issue of electoral reform every time there’s an election. But bear with me. If you haven’t been convinced by previous efforts to...
by Make Wealth History on Apr 30, 2015

The day that Scotland went yellow

If as predicted in some polls, the SNP win all of the seats in Scotland, or even if they win all but one or two, it seems very likely that the attitude of both Labour and Conservative parties to electoral … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Apr 30, 2015

#HONGKONG: Protests Intensify; Financial Dist. Shut Down on Chinese National Day

[world politics news]Students and other demonstrators in Hong Kong continued to maintain control throughout the Admiralty business district everywhere but the government headquarters. They are protesting China’s central government's decision to con...
by World Politics News on Oct 1, 2014

#INDONESIA: Pres. Being Blamed for Walk-Out That Allowed Passage of Law Stripping Voting Rights in Local Elections

[world politics news]Democratic Party officials say Pres. Yudhoyono didn't order the walk-out of the House session discussing a bill stripping voters of the right to vote for local and regional officials. The walk-out backfired when the controversial...
by World Politics News on Sep 30, 2014

#INDONESIA: House of Reps. Votes to End Direct Election of Mayors, Region Heads, Governors

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by World Politics News on Sep 26, 2014

Greens call for a People's Constitutional Convention following revolutionary levels of engagement in Independence Referendum

Votes at 16 Campaign reaction the day after From the Green Party of England and WalesFollowing the defeat of the “Yes” campaign in the Scottish referendum on independence, the Green Party would like to congratulate all those who were involved i...
by wembleymatters on Sep 19, 2014

Low turnout is likely

Full credit to Angela Eagle MP who according to a BBC website has concluded that a number of practical changes are needed to help to increase democratic participation following a review entitled ‘peoples politics enquiry’. The BBC article...
by IanChisnall on Jun 18, 2014

We need credible electoral systems

There can be no doubt that there is no such thing as a perfect electoral system. Our various elected representatives are currently elected on three different systems. The dominant first past the post system which is used in local government … C...
by IanChisnall on May 25, 2014

Mark Twain, Westminster style

Mark Twain is reputed to have said that  everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. When the rain has stopped and the surface water has left the Somerset Levels, one of the issues that MPs will … Continue reading ...
by IanChisnall on Jan 30, 2014

Mark Twain, Westminster style

Mark Twain is reputed to have said that  everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. When the rain has stopped and the surface water has left the Somerset Levels, one of the issues that MPs will … Continue reading ...
by IanChisnall on Jan 30, 2014

Square pegs and round holes

It seems hard to believe that a safe Tory seat would be offered to a candidate who had built a reputation from a business that publishes pornography, but that in effect is what has happened. Karren Brady who was unveiled in September as … Co...
by IanChisnall on Jan 2, 2014


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