Last week's 'Super Thursday' of elections was gold-dust for democracy lovers.
It saw elections in Wales and London for their Assemblies, in Scotland for the Holyrood Parliament, in councils across England, in England and Wales for the Police and Crime Commissioners, and for Mayors in London, Bristol, Salford and Liverpool.
Here are eight things we can learn from Super Thursday:
- First Past the Post is now almost completely isolated. Last week, for the first time ever, everyone in the UK outside of Greater Manchester could vote in a preferential or proportional ballot - Supplementary Vote for the Mayors, Additional Member System for the Scottish, London and Welsh votes. It means that people are getting used to voting in non-FPTP ballots. And, crucially, it means local elections in England and Wales are now on their own outside of Westminster in being conducted via First Past the Post.
The lesson from last Thursday has to be that in the 21st century, with voters 'shopping around' more than ever before, we need the frameworks and democratic systems to reflect the new and diverse politics we see in the UK today.