Author Archives: Anthony Tuffin

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and I’m sorry I’ve only just discovered them when the coming 2017 election is about to make them out of date.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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Reform in the USA

Maine became the first state in the USA yesterday to adopt ranked-choice voting (known as Alternative Vote (AV) in the UK) for gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections. It is also sometimes called “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV). Although not proportional, it … Continue reading

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Boundary changes are sticking plaster solution

You can comment in your own words on the Boundaries Commissions’ proposals by pointing out that changing the boundaries of single-member constituencies for FPTP elections is only tinkering with the problem; it’s a short-term sticking plaster solution. For this kind … Continue reading

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Electing a Representative [Federal] Parliament

Canada is reviewing the FPTP voting system it currently uses. Here is a copy of James Gilmour’s excellent evidence of 6 October to the Canadian Parliament’s all-party Special Committee on Electoral Reform that is taking evidence on voting systems: “For … Continue reading

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Dirty Work on the Boundaries

Colin Buchanan wrote an article about the English boundaries review, which Church Times published on 7 October. It reads: “LAST month, a 24-hour news flurry in England heralded a constitutional change. It was not Brexit; it was not another Scottish … Continue reading

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PR hindered Hitler

Every now and again, someone claims that PR put Hitler in power. It didn’t, so let’s put that false claim to rest. Most of them probably aren’t deliberately lying; they may believe it but they haven’t researched the issue. The … Continue reading

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Elect Labour’s NEC (and the Shadow Cabinet?) by STV

STV Action is neutral on party politics, but the Opposition (i.e. alternative Government) needs to be strong. Labour’s first priority now must be to heal the divisions after the leadership election. That will need understanding and tolerance from both sides … Continue reading

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Six voting systems

One of the defences offered for FPTP is that it is traditional and has worked well for many generations, so why change it? Most of us know it doesn’t work well but it is less well known that it did … Continue reading

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