Author Archives: Anthony Tuffin

Features of a good voting system

This is a copy of the paper I sent on 30 April 2018 to Make Votes Matter (MVM) in response to its invitation to members to say what we would look for in a voting system: The three most important … Continue reading

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Corruption more likely with one-party Councils

A report completed for the Electoral Reform Society has found that one-party dominated councils are at much higher risk of corruption (51% higher) than competitive councils. It also concluded that one-party dominated councils typically achieve lower price savings: 2.1% compared … Continue reading

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STV is most party proportional

This will surprise even many STV supporters. Although opponents claim that a disadvantage of STV is that it is less party proportional than some other systems, the Ministry of Justice reported on 24 January 2008 that it was more party … Continue reading

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Make votes MATTER for women and men this centenary year

STV makes votes matter and it’s as easy as 1,2,3! Continue reading

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Anniversaries

Three important electoral reform anniversaries are coming up for us to celebrate and the first and third of them are specifically relevant to STV: 1. STV is the most party proportional system (10th anniversary) One criticism of STV is that … Continue reading

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Time for Real Democracy

First Past The Post (FPTP) is a very crude dispute resolution system to choose and change governments without resort to violence. Although it’s considerably better than coup, assassination or revolution, it could be much better. Most European democracies have better … Continue reading

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The truth about STV

The truth sometimes takes longer to explain than a short untruth. Someone posted on Make Votes Matter’s Facebook page, “STV is semi-proportional. If we want a true PR system, only the first choice vote matters, and constituency size is irrelevant. … Continue reading

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STV for Welsh local government

If you’d like STV to be used for local elections in Wales, please act before the public consultation ends on Tuesday 10 October. If you want to respond to the whole consultation, you can fill in a form available online … Continue reading

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PR debate 30.10.17

MPs will debate PR on 30 October 2017. This is in response to a petition signed by more than 100,000 people. If your MP already supports PR, please ask them to attend and support the motion. If you don’t know … Continue reading

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Jack McGowan-Smyth

We are very sorry to tell you that “Jack” McGowan-Smyth died earlier this year, although we have only just received the sad news. He left a widow, Christine, to whom we extend our deep sympathy. Here is an extract from … Continue reading

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