Tag Archives: fptp

Opinion: Achievable electoral reform for 2015

Securing an initial cross-party agreement is rarely enough to deliver constitutional reform. The dilemma for proponents of proportional voting is that such a fundamental change will always require a lengthy period of consultation. This time is a boon for the backroom operators in the big parties looking to backpedal, backstab, and poison the water. Ask Labour or the Tories for proper voting reform and what you will get is a long-term commitment that is lukewarm and effectively worthless.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged | 50 Comments

Opinion: Cameron is wrong on AV and dog-tired governments

Cameron launched a paternalistic attack on potential Yes to AV Voters in The Evening Standard this week. I would have commented earlier but I was incredulous that such arguments could be put across to persuade people against voting for AV in the forthcoming referendum.

The strongest reason Cameron dictated was that FPTP allowed the public to kick out “dog-tired” governments. The irony therein is that the Coalition has created fixed term parliaments.

As a result, a “dog-tired” government can only be removed with a motion of no confidence outside of this period. The last Motion of No Confidence was

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 7 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarmatt 20th Aug - 9:36pm
    @Yeovil Yokel No it is not a silly question at all. In your first response you said "But let’s say a Lib Dem government was...
  • User AvatarMiranda 20th Aug - 9:33pm
    Rhiannon has also worked for The Ramblers Association and for Save the Children. She’s a fantastic choice!
  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 20th Aug - 9:31pm
    "if we succeed in destroying civilisation through greed and overdependence on complex technology, how will our descendants see us? And what will our descendants be...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 20th Aug - 9:26pm
    @ Geoffrey Dron Now that you've left the Tory Party it's time to leave your former bad habits behind you. Proper Liberal Democrats demand better....
  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 20th Aug - 9:18pm
    matt - "The question was: 'if the General Election resulted in a Liberal Democratic Prime Minister and the following Referendum returned a Vote to Leave...
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Dron 20th Aug - 9:17pm
    David Attenborough has always refrained from being party political, however in an interview with Italian la Repubblica he’s gone further than before in articulating the...
Sat 24th Aug 2019
Thu 29th Aug 2019
Mon 9th Sep 2019