Electoral Reform

Electoral Reform Is A Workers' Issue - Trade Unions Have A Vital Role To Play

Katie Ghose | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

With electoral reform back on the agenda -- and Labour reformers from all wings of the movement, from John McDonnell to Chuka Umunna), the voices of trade union members on this are vital in the debate.

International Day of Democracy: What Does Taking Back Control Mean To You?

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

If Theresa May means what she says about her government being for all and not just the "privileged few", then she needs to direct her attention to addressing this sense of powerlessness that is sweeping the nation.

How a Broken Voting System Gave South Africa Apartheid in 1948

Owen Winter | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Owen Winter

South Africa's broken voting system (the same one we still use in the UK) gave them a government that did not have majority support and ultimately gave them a racist system of oppression that lasted for over 40 years.

How Labour Can Stay Together (Just)

Joseph Finlay | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

If a progressive alliance won a majority it would introduce proportional representation, allowing progressive parties to in future stand against each other without letting the Tories win. Only then would we have a fully democratic system. That juncture, rather than now, would be the moment for Labour to dissolve itself into fully separate parties.

Let's Face It: Labour Wouldn't Be in This Mess If We Had PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The party system is in turmoil. And not just after Brexit - although the house of cards now appears to be finally falling down after looking unsteady for some time. It's always risky to pose hypotheticals, but we have to ask ourselves this: would the Labour Party be in its current situation if we had a proportional system...

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

If 'Take Back Control' Is to Mean Anything, We Need PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Today, there's a chance for politicians on all sides to listen to the result of June 23rd, and to deal with the task at hand in these turbulent times. Let's make the phrase 'take back control' really mean something.

The Current Meltdown in Our Political System Is a Symptom of Our Broken Voting System

Owen Winter | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

It may have been the EU referendum that triggered the recent political uncertainty but the roots of this chaos run much deeper. The only way to re-engage those who feel disillusioned with the political system is a proportional voting system where their voices are counted equally.

To End In-Party Squabbling, Here's My 'Tongue-in-cheek' Election Reform

Beth Burks | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Burks

Apply like the rest of us apply for jobs. The deadline for a new PM is September 8th which is 10 weeks away. Unfortunately, none of you are allowed t...

Britain Needs More Democracy After the EU Referendum, Not Less

Tom Jeffery | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

In 'The Economics of Happiness', the Swiss professor Bruno S Frey argues that over 600 referenda have contributed to the happiness of his fellow citiz...

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option

Owen Winter | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.

'Super Thursday' Showed Us That British Politics Has Changed Forever

Katie Ghose | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If you were following it, it was easy to get lost last week underneath the bar charts and rapid analysis of Thursday's elections - the 'winners and losers', the ups and downs. Because there were some very revealing signs of the longer term trends affecting political behaviour and future shape of the UK - and they need to be talked about.

Eight Things Last Week's Elections Tell Us About Britain's Changing Politics

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

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.

Good News Politics - But Beware the No Votes

Simon Sapper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

New London mayor Sadiq Khan (Photocredit: Getty Images) Now that the dust is beginning to settle over last week's elections, we can reflect on many ...

Hope for Electoral Reform in the United Kingdom

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

The 2011 referendum proposing to replace the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system with the alternative vote (AV) was the culmination of a long pro...

We (Still) Want Proportional Representation! An Open Letter to John Penrose MP

Owen Winter | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

The 2015 General Election was the most disproportionate general election in British history. The Conservatives won a majority of 12 with only 37% of the vote. UKIP got four million votes and the Green Party got over one million votes, but only won one seat each...

The Government Should Let Union Members Choose How They Vote

Katie Ghose | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

This Wednesday, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it's not the only important thing happening that day: though it might not dominate the headlines, the government's controversial Trade Union Bill will reach its final stages in the House of Lords. What it represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position to ban unions from allowing members to vote online - a ban that no other civil society group faces.

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

In Britain, we have a serious, growing problem with the health of our democracy. Yet policy-makers have systematically failed to look beyond our shores and undertake even a basic search for the available solutions to our problems.

We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The arguments for a political system that's genuinely democratic, that produces a government reflecting the will of the people that encourages a more constructive, effective politics are overwhelmingly strong. Britain needs to do this. It needs to do it soon. That requires parties, campaigners - the people - to get together and demand the change. Today's one step in that process.

This Wednesday, We Have a Chance to Put PR on the Agenda in Westminster

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At the crux of the issue is this: multi-party politics is here to stay, but our old-fashioned two-party system can't cope with the choices of modern voters. We clearly need a much fairer voting system.

Packing the Lords Is No Way to Handle Today's Tax Credits Vote

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

'Constitutional chaos' - that's the PM's verdict if Lords go ahead and vote against the government's changes to tax credits today. There are hints from the PM that he is threatening to stuff the House of Lords with 100 extra Conservative Peers if the upper chamber goes against Ministers' wishes and opposes the cuts.

£2.6Billion - The Price of an Unfair Voting System

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It's time politicians from all parties woke up to the need for a fairer voting system. First Past the Post is hurting our democracy - and now we've discovered it's a financial disaster, too.

An Open Letter to Conservative MPs: No, We Didn't Vote to Keep First Past The Post in 2011

Owen Winter | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

AV is not PR and MPs know it. Don't let them weasel their way out of this debate.

TUC Congress: An Historic Day for the Campaign for Fair Votes

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

More unions could soon be echoing this sentiment and pushing for PR once the TUC's research is out next year. The campaign for fair votes is only getting stronger.

From 'JezWeCan' to 'JeezTheyDid': Where Next for the Jeremy Corbyn Insurgency?

Professor Charles Lees | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Charles Lees

Jeremy Corbyn's historic victory today on the first round of voting with nearly 60% of the vote has been anticipated for weeks and does not come as a surprise. But for political commentators it still has the capacity to shock. It is no longer a question of 'JesWeCan'. It is now 'JeezThey Did'.