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In other news… electoral reform, bribery, sexy IT and paperwork problems

Will Straw has rightly taken the Conservative Party’s Baroness Warsi to task for not only trying to whip up fake scares about AV benefiting the BNP (who are actually against AV) but also for claiming that AV may make politicians try to appeal to the supporters of extremist parties when in fact her very own election literature did just that.

Ken Clarke is pushing on with implementing the Bribery Act – despite claims from Labour earlier in the year that the government could be about to delay implementing the Act indefinitely.

A Whitehall IT chief has admitted that, “Labour …

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The plans to cut election expenses may be dead but there are still lessons to learn

Blink and you might have missed it: first details of a discussion about ways to cut the costs of running elections are leaked and then Jack Straw promptly disowns them and kills off the discussion.

Given how weak the proposals were – and the relatively small sums involved – I think that was the right decision by Straw and, although he and Liberal Democrats are usually not the best of friends, I think there’ll be widespread agreement in the Lib Dems with his comment, “Democracy has to be paid for”. Ideas such as replacing the general election freepost leaflets with one booklet would go quite against the current appetitie from the public to hear more from individual candidates about what the believe and what they want to do.

There are, though, three lessons to learn from the ideas that were floated.

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  • User AvatarLouise Ankers 22nd Oct - 12:36pm
    My main concern on meeting locally is that won't help the people who are in quieter local parties.
  • User AvatarAntony Hook 22nd Oct - 12:27pm
    A very worthwhile article. We have a big and important challenge to reconnect with voters in towns like Clacton (of which there are many, probably...
  • User AvatarTim13 22nd Oct - 12:14pm
    Presumably Ceredigion, John - quite a lot of Welsh speakers in that patch!
  • User AvatarIgor Sagdejev 22nd Oct - 12:13pm
    @Matthew Huntbach "I work in what was once the heartland of Cockney London, and the local population is now almost all non-white." Should be Polish,...
  • User AvatarIgor Sagdejev 22nd Oct - 12:01pm
    @Ian Sanderson (RM3) 22nd Oct '14 - 9:23am "Instead they pursue a paper tiger of setting arbitrary figures and then straining to (fail to) achieve...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 22nd Oct - 11:56am
    John Tilley How dull would London be if it had got stuck in the “jolly cockney” stereotype of films such as Passport to Pimlico ?...