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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 AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:46pm
    Interesting, and I agree that if the diagnosis is wrong it will be difficult to apply the right prescription. However, some interesting polling information https://twitter.com/LordAshcroft/status/746284427165184000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw...
  • User Avatartonyhill 29th Jun - 8:25pm
    I have always understood that free movement between this country and the Irish Republic was agreed as part of the independence deal in 1926 (?)...
  • User AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:03pm
    @ Peter Watson As it happens the BBC pondered this very issue recently http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36527069
  • User AvatarSpencer Hagard 29th Jun - 8:00pm
    Duncan - Thank you. Yes, of course, unless there is persistent polling evidence that UKIP is heading for 50% of the UK seats for, say...
  • User AvatarJohn Underwood 29th Jun - 7:49pm
    Thank you Betty. I have been longing for more people to point out the advisory nature of a referendum. Unless the referendum enabling act says...
  • User AvatarJen 29th Jun - 7:48pm
    Clegg [...] expressing scorn at those who worked hard to win support in deprived areas as just gaining “protest votes”, or as the leading Cleggie...