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Why online voting creates more problems than it solves

There’s a new law in politics: whenever there’s been an election with a disappointing turnout (so, pretty much any time there’s an election in the UK) someone will pipe up with ‘we should vote on the internet, that’ll boost turnout’. Someone (occasionally me)…

Back, but in a bittersweet victory

Sometime around 4am on Friday morning, I was declared elected as a councillor for Castle Ward, and not only that I’d got the most votes of all twelve candidates and topped the poll. You can see the full results by clicking here (pdf…

It’s polling day…

After all these weeks of campaigning, I can give you news of one confirmed loss from this election campaign – several pounds of weight from me. The election diet plan has had a very positive effect on me over the past few weeks,…

Is aiming for a brokered convention the only way Republicans can stop Trump?

If there’s one thing that gets US political geeks fired up, it’s the prospect of there being a brokered convention to choose a party’s Presidential nominee. Every four years, professional and amateur pundits look over the field of candidates and proclaim that there’s…

Vice-President Bloomberg?

So, it’s Super Tuesday in the US, and thoughts turn to just how this Presidential race might turn out. It’s looking increasingly likely that tonight will put the two leading candidates for their parties into near-locks on their nominations, so how does a…

Canada: why electoral reform will be hard to win

In one of last year’s few political highlights, Justin Trudeau led the Liberal Party to victory in Canada’s general election, and one of their manifesto pledges was to change Canada’s electoral system from first past the post. The Liberals won a majority of…

Electoral pacts won’t bring electoral reform

In ‘all of this has happened before and will happen again’ (British politics edition) we’ve already got people suggesting – apparently seriously – that the way to get a better electoral system is through an electoral pact. It’s one of those ideas that…

Another First Past The Post system bites the dust

From the newly elected Canadian Liberal election platform: We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a…

Early thoughts on the Canadian election results

Well, I got the number of Conservative seats almost right – right on close to 100, just wrong on which side of it they’d fall. For the other two, though, I seem to have got it quite wrong: underestimating the size of the…

Canada and strategic voting

I’ve written here a couple of times about the upcoming Canadian general election, and now it’s finally here. Canadians are voting today for the 338 members of their new Parliament after a rather long election campaign, though unlike ours there’s been plenty of…

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