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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), 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 [...]

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 [...]

Is voting a right or a responsibility? Should it be compulsory?

October 26, 2016 // 16 Comments

Compulsory voting is a system in which voters are obliged to vote in elections or find themselves subject to a penalty, such as fines or community service. As of August 2013, 22 countries, including 12 Latin American countries, have laws for compulsory voting and 11 of these 22 countries enforce [...]

Courant Times – Saturday 5th December 2015

December 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

UKIP:- Farage for Breitbart: After Oldham I’m adding voting reform to my bucket list Common Sense:- Dudley News: West Midlands MEP shares the nerve-wracking moment train was evacuated at Lille Home Affairs: Express: ‘Terror attack on UK city imminent’ so why have 375 terrorists [...]

The Political Dimension of Voting Reform

May 30, 2015 // 7 Comments

This article is principally about the political dimension of voting reform. However, to aid this discussion and present a fresh and different perspective I have designed a new voting system which has none of the drawbacks of the PR systems and eliminates most of the unfairness of FPTP. It also [...]

Courant Times – Saturday 9th May 2015

May 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Change.org: Petition: Nigel Farage: Reconsider!  Change.org: Petition: Reform the FPTP system UKIP:- Independent Voices: First past the post is now a bankrupt voting system says Nigel Farage Common Sense:- Express: ‘An affront to democracy’ UKIP would have 83 seats under a [...]

Where does UKIP go now?

May 9, 2015 // 43 Comments

As Morpheus Magnus has said in his excellent article published today, we must not beat ourselves up. We did nothing wrong. The Conservatives did everything right by ensuring that in the polling booth the spectre of Nicola Sturgeon as puppeteer of Ed Miliband appeared in the voter’s eyes. I [...]

An amazing result for UKIP, but it should have been better

May 27, 2014 // 18 Comments

As we celebrate the biggest political change in over 100 years, spare a thought for the 235,124 people who were robbed of their fundamental human right to participate in a fair and free election and vote for their party of choice. The Electoral Commission, either through bias or incompetence, [...]