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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…

Tories show why skipping democratic reform was New Labour’s big mistake

Today’s Observer has articles from Peter Hyman and Andrew Rawnsley that possess an interesting joint theme, even if one of them is unaware of it. Hyman’s critique of Corbyn’s Labour through defence of New Labour and Rawnsley’s warning about the Tory attempts to…

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…

How the Tories pushing city Mayors has re-opened the door to electoral reform

Yesterday saw an expected yet still disappointing response from the Government to the various post-election electoral reform petitions. Expected, because we all know that there’s no way this Government is going to concede electoral reform, yet disappointing because it reveals that the minister…

If Labour truly want to challenge the Tories, they need to embrace electoral reform

Having a small masochistic streak in me, I watched some of Andrew Marr’s show this morning, so got to see Yvette Cooper saying that maybe adopting the Tory manifesto for their next set of policies wasn’t the best approach for the Labour Party.…

Labour’s political reform proposals: some good ideas, but where’s the detail?

Labour have launched their plans for political reform (there’s a PDF with more detail here) and at a first look, they’re not that bad. Not perfect, but definitely steps in the right direction and with a bit more coherence to them than the…

Worth Reading 151: Odd fellows

Cis People Know Best, They Tell Us – How the New Statesman used the death of Leelah Alcorn for a spot of anti-trans concern trolling. Will the UK voting system survive 2015? – “It’s actually quite clear which way people are going to…

Miliband’s speech: does he want real change, or just change that works for Labour?

During his speech yesterday, Ed Miliband made lots of references to problems with our political system. she thinks politics is rubbish. And let’s not pretend we don’t hear that a lot on the doorstep… Our politics doesn’t listen… And to cap it all,…

Politics isn’t broken, but the political system is

Former MP Tony Wright has written an odd piece for the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog, that tries to disagree with arguments that politics in Britain is broken by seemingly accepting most of the arguments that it is, then claiming that the…

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