Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Church and justice in voting

The following letter, by Colin Buchanan (the last President of the Electoral Reform Society), was published in Church Times on 23 January: Sir Your report by Tim Wyatt (16 January) of Show Up, a movement to ‘encourage Christians to get … Continue reading

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STV would help solve the devolution problem

This is an extract from Anthony Tuffin’s evidence on The Future of devolution after the [Scottish] referendum to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee: What implications does further devolution to Scotland have for how the House of Commons should … Continue reading

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Voting dissatisfaction

There is probably more dissatisfaction with UK democracy than at any time since women first got the vote for parliamentary elections in 1918. Unfortunately, it is spread across such a wide range of issues that it tends to be dissipated. … Continue reading

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Reports of the death of electoral reform have been greatly exaggerated

MPs recommend research into electoral reform. A Select Committee, investigating Voter Engagement (why many people do not vote) reported today. Most of its more publicized recommendations, like making registering and voting easier, will make little or no difference because most … Continue reading

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A lesson from Rotherham

According to the BBC, Government commissioners are poised to take over Rotherham council after a report exposed a “culture of denial” over the town’s child exploitation scandal. The council had been dominated by one party for some time with weak … Continue reading

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MPs report tomorrow

A Committee of MPs will issue its Final Report tomorrow on voter engagement and why many people do not vote. In its Interim Report last November, the Committee dismissed considerable evidence in support of electoral reform in general and the … Continue reading

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