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David Allen
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UKIP cabinet member for Electoral Reform. Author and political innovator. UKIP Borough Council candidate 2016, KCC candidate 2017, Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood 2017 in which he saved his deposit.

Electoral Reform (Stage 1), The arguments for voting reform. Part 4c.

December 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

FPTP is unfair and unrepresentative. On 5th May 2011, the UK held a national referendum and the people were asked the following question. At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be [...]

Electoral Reform (Stage 1), The arguments for voting reform. Part 4b.

December 4, 2017 // 6 Comments

[Ed: you can read Part 1 in this series here, part 2 here and part 3 here. You can read Part 4a here.] Weak government can never address fundamental issues. FPTP will always result in weak government when more than two well supported parties contest a general election. In the UK 2017 general [...]

Electoral Reform (Stage 1), The arguments for voting reform. Part 4a.

November 12, 2017 // 7 Comments

[Ed: you can read Part 1 in this series here, part 2 here and part 3 here] Coalition is a good thing. During the ‘This Week’ TV programme (2nd November 2017), Michael Portillo introduced a novel argument against PR. He asserted that it was responsible for the Israeli government’s rather [...]

Electoral Reform (Stage 1), Evaluation: making it work for us. Part 3.

November 4, 2017 // 18 Comments

[Ed: you can read Part 1 in this series here and Part 2 here.] The Electoral Reform Society, a 134-year-old organisation which hasn’t yet achieved its principle objective, yet is, surprisingly, proud of this, lists 9 voting systems, under the heading ‘Type of voting system’. They do not [...]

Negotiation, what negotiation?

October 29, 2017 // 15 Comments

How many times have you heard the ‘first rule of negotiation’. You must be familiar with the scenario by now when a virtuous expert is wheeled out to proclaim that ‘I’ve been negotiating for 1000 years and I can tell you that the first rule of negotiation is……… ‘ Generally, they are [...]

Electoral Reform (Stage 1), SAGE, the Party and Co-operation – Part 2.

October 27, 2017 // 21 Comments

Editor ~ This is the second part in a series by David Allen. You can read the first part on UkipDaily here. SAGE is part of a process whereby grassroots members have a say and a vote on party policy. It stands for Spokesmen’s Advisory Group Experts (a bit clunky, I know), and is the process by [...]

Electoral Reform Stage 1, a strategic overview – Part One

October 25, 2017 // 28 Comments

This is the first in a series of papers about Electoral Reform and focuses on the principal issue of voting reform. That is, to change the voting system to one which engages more people in the process and provides a parliamentary voice to opinions that would otherwise go unrepresented. There are [...]

UKIP Leadership: A final roundup

August 30, 2017 // 69 Comments

The leadership contest is drawing to a close. I know there are still a couple of hustings to go in September, but there’s never been much point in campaigning after people have voted so, apart from the few who will attend and who may delay their vote, the contest will effectively be done and [...]

David Allen Steps Down

August 24, 2017 // 29 Comments

As an activist and local campaigner, having sought elected office unsuccessfully on multiple occasions and not being a part of the party hierarchy, the leadership election was always going to be a step too far. Not because of ability, or experience, or knowledge or innovation, but simply because [...]

Where’s it made? A part of Democracy Plus.

August 23, 2017 // 13 Comments

At around 4:30 on the morning of 10th August 2017, I awoke with an idea. For two hours, I solidified it in my thinking and in three hours began to write it down. This is what came to me. The tensions between North Korea and the United States are terrifyingly real. Despite the long-term provocations [...]
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