Author Archives: Anthony Tuffin

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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Now is the time

Sincere congratulations to Darren Hughes on his appointment as the Electoral Reform Society’s new Chief Executive. He was its Deputy CE. We wish him well and, of course, every success. We very much hope his appointment will lead to the … Continue reading

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Getting a representative you voted for

56% of voters at last month’s General Election are represented by MPs they voted for. That could have been much worse, but the figure is as high as it is probably because of tactical voting so, although many voters are … Continue reading

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Votes and seats

There are some interesting facts about the 2015 General Election in an excellent report on Parliament’s own website, http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/key-issues-parliament-2015/parliament-politics/general-election-2015-results and I’m sorry I’ve only just discovered them when the coming 2017 election is about to make them out of date. … Continue reading

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To transform unjust structures of society

The following letter appeared in last Friday’s “Church Times”, but should be of interest to people of all faiths and none if they believe in democracy. It was written by Colin Buchanan, retired Bishop and former President of the Electoral … Continue reading

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Not what it says on the tin

What a year 2016 was politically! There are three things on which almost all ardent EU Leavers and Remainers probably agree:  The UK’s relationship with the EU is the most important political issue of the day.  The debate … Continue reading

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