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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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  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 19th Sep - 4:43pm
    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 4:35pm Ah, a fellow Lancastrian - no wonder you talk such sense! :-)
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 19th Sep - 4:40pm
    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 3:37pm Excellent points Phil. I agree - a so-called English Parliament based on Westminster would be the worst of...
  • User AvatarCharlie 19th Sep - 4:40pm
    John Tilley That is why I pointed out the following 1. Public school pupils take twice as many A Levels in maths and science as...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 19th Sep - 4:39pm
    JohnTilley Yes, but it has taken all this for those statements finally to be made in the mosques. This is something that should have been...
  • User AvatarPhil Beesley 19th Sep - 4:35pm
    How, you might ask, do we determine the boundaries within a regionalised England? Pretty randomly and badly is my guess. Who lives in Scotland, Wales...
  • User AvatarJocky McLean 19th Sep - 4:33pm
    eg Tony Woods. By Federal do you mean Westminster Parliament? and by Regional the four National Parliaments (however constituted)?