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Opinion: Worst past the post? Debating electoral reform for local government

Last year in May, Scottish voters were given the chance to vote using the Single Transferable Vote to select their local councillors for the second time since the introduction of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act of 2004. The Bill owes its life to the Liberal Democrats; it was a key demand for us entering into the Lib-Lab coalition government in Scotland. Almost ten years on from when the Bill became law, STV has done what it says on the tin. It has produced almost proportional results (exact proportionality is pretty much impossible under any system), it has almost doubled the …

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    Simon: "I have posted on this website for a number of months and have repeatedly told you why you are so unpopular (it isn’t rocket...
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    @Stevan Rose "The problem with this is that “fair” is the most subjective possible of all concepts. .. This is why no-one is really qualified...
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    @Duncan Of the 42 places of FPC, FCC and FE, 21 are men and 21 are women. If you count individuals (since some people were...
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    @Simon If Nick Clegg said in front of the cameras tomorrow that he was going to personally ensure the implementation of an immigration/emigration policy that...
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    "a fairer distribution of resources to pay for essential public services.... Fair and more equal..." The problem with this is that "fair" is the most...
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    Again, more proof of how far rightward the political centre has drifted over the past 30 years. For those who do not remember, the Liberal...